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Interventional Radiology (IR) procedures: Is your patient prepared? A survey of junior doctors.
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Poster Title: Interventional Radiology (IR) procedures: Is your patient prepared? A survey of junior doctors.
Submitted on 06 Nov 2020
Author(s): 1.Dr. Thushika Mahendiran, 2.Dr. Usman Javed Mahay, 3.Mr. Adam A. Pringle , 4. Dr S. A. A. Latif 
Affiliations: Department of interventional radiology, Russells Hall hospital, Dudley Group Foundation Trust
This poster was presented at BIR 2020
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Abstract: Title:
Interventional Radiology (IR) procedures: Is your patient prepared? A survey of junior doctors.

Background:
Delays and cancellations of IR procedures impacts patient flow which results in patient dissatisfaction and significant financial implications.

Junior doctors have a great responsibility in preparation of these patients. Thus, mitigating cancellations or delays due to inadequate knowledge is a factor to target.

At our centre, we uploaded preparation guidelines prior to a number of IR procedures on the intranet and aimed to assess awareness amongst our junior doctors.

Description of Findings:
An online survey comprising of 9 questions was sent to junior doctors across the trust.

We received a total of 101 responses. Strikingly, 85% were unaware of the trust’s IR procedure guidelines, with 71% not knowing where to access them. 88% did not know the duration of bed rest required after specific procedures. 82% were not aware of the antibiotic policy prior to nephrostomy insertions. Similarly, 74% were unaware of the duration for withholding particular medications which could preclude a procedure. 65% had no knowledge of which haematological investigations were required on the day of the procedure, particularly in diabetic and patients on anticoagulants.

Conclusion:
The statistics show a significant lack of awareness of IR procedures amongst junior doctors which validates an urgent need to educate. Creating awareness via various avenues (e.g. educational posters and presentations in weekly teaching sessions) is essential. A follow up survey is required to assess the impact of these interventions.

Summary: Delays and cancellations of IR procedures impact patient flow which results in patient
dissatisfaction and significant financial implications.
Junior doctors have a great responsibility in preparing these patients for the procedure.
Thus mitigating cancellations or delays, due to inadequate knowledge is a factor to target
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