Response of UK interventional radiologists to the COVID-19 pandemic - survey findings.

Rostampour, Sammy, Cleveland, Trevor, White, Hilary, Haslam, Philip, McCafferty, Ian and Hamady, Mo (2020) Response of UK interventional radiologists to the COVID-19 pandemic - survey findings. CVIR endovascular, 3 (1). p. 41. ISSN 2520-8934. This article is available to all UHB staff and students via ASK Discovery tool http://tinyurl.com/z795c8c by using their UHB Athens login IDs

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Abstract

BACKGROUND

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented effect upon the National Health Service (NHS). Like other specialties, Interventional Radiology (IR) rapidly adapted to the evolving situation. Members of BSIR were surveyed to obtain a snapshot of the experiences of UK IRs in response to COVID-19. An electronic survey was compiled using Google Forms, approved by the BSIR Council Officers and distributed to BSIR members by email on 18 April 2020. A total of 228 responses were received. The survey was open for a 14-day period and the data analysed in Microsoft Excel 365. The response rate was 29% (228/800).

RESULTS

Two thirds of respondents work in a Tertiary unit and 33% deliver IR in a District Hospital. 84% have a day-case facility. After the COVID-19 crisis, 81% of respondents were able to maintain 24-7 On-call service. 59% of respondents had been required change their day to day practice to allow the on-call service to continue. 55% of respondents were involved in providing a central line service. Of those questioned, 91% continued to offer endovascular services, 98% genitourinary and 92% hepatobiliary services, although a degree of service reduction was described. 38% have provided IR trainees with additional training material during this pandemic.

CONCLUSIONS

This survey has confirmed that the responses of UK IR departments to the COVID-19 crisis have ensured vital on-call and urgent services have continued, including ongoing availability of most IR sub-specialties. Availability of a day case facility has possibly influenced the positive response.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available to all UHB staff and students via ASK Discovery tool http://tinyurl.com/z795c8c by using their UHB Athens login IDs
Subjects: W Public health. Health statistics. Occupational health. Health education
WC Communicabable diseases
WF Respiratory system. Respiratory medicine
WN Medical imaging. Radiology
Divisions: Clinical Support > Radiology
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Depositing User: Jamie Edgar
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2020 14:16
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2020 14:16
URI: http://www.repository.uhblibrary.co.uk/id/eprint/3242

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