ESOU 2021: The Optimistic Environmental Impact of Distant Teleconsultation in Urology on the Time of the COVID-19 Pandemic in a Extremely Populated Space: A Potential Examine

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(UroToday.com) The COVID-19 pandemic has modified how we work together with sufferers, together with an increase within the utilization of telemedicine. There are a number of benefits for stakeholders almost about telemedicine, together with much less journey for sufferers. On the 2020 European Affiliation of Urology (EAU) Part of Oncological Urology (ESOU) Digital Annual Assembly, Dr. Ugo Pinar mentioned his group’s potential research assessing the environmental affect of distant teleconsultation in urology on the time of the COVID-19 pandemic in a highly-populated space.

The greenhouse impact contains the trapping of the solar’s heat within the Earth’s ambiance secondary to higher transparency of the ambiance to seen radiation from the solar than to infrared radiation emitted from the Earth’s floor. In 2016, the carbon footprint within the USA was estimated at 10%, whereas in 2020 the carbon footprint within the UK was estimated at 20%.

Dr. Pinar notes that the idea of telemedicine was launched in 1960 within the area of psychiatry and was just lately pushed to the forefront within the majority of urology departments in early 2020 secondary to the COVID-19 pandemic. The aims of the present research have been to (i) assess the greenhouse fuel discount with teleconsultation in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, (ii) carry out a value evaluation, and (iii) carry out a affected person satisfaction evaluation. The inclusion standards included a teleconsultation throughout 14 consecutive days in Could 2020 and age >18 years. The one exclusion standards have been dwelling out of the country. The journey distance estimation was as follows:

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1km by automobile = zero.175 kg CO2e
1km by metro = zero.0034 kg CO2e
1km strolling = zero kg CO2e

Moreover, 20 minutes of web connection for 2 individuals throughout a teleconference session was estimated at 67 Wh = zero.0067 kg CO2e.

There have been 80 teleconsultations led by 5 urologists with the vast majority of consultations secondary to an oncology chief grievance. The next desk shows the descriptive statistics of the cohort:

descriptive statistics of consultations

As follows are the outcomes for the discount in greenhouse gases evaluating teleconsultations to in-person visits:

reduction in greenhouse gases comparing teleconsultations to in person visits

 

The secondary outcomes included 974€ saved and 1.four hours of affected person time saved, in addition to 86% of sufferers being glad with the teleconsultation course of.

Dr. Pinar concluded his presentation with the next take-home messages:

Teleconsultation resulted in 6,000 kilometers of prevented transportation
There have been 1.1 tons of CO2e saved, which is the same as a 99% greenhouse fuel discount
Teleconsultation was related to a small price saving
There was a excessive satisfaction charge amongst sufferers

Introduced by: Ugo Pinar, MD, Sorbonne College, Help Publique des Hôpitaux de Paris, Hôpitaux Pitié Salpêtrière-Charles Foix, Paris, France

Written by: Zachary Klaassen, MD, MSc, Urologic Oncologist, Assistant Professor of Urology, Georgia Most cancers Heart, Augusta College/Medical School of Georgia, Augusta, Georgia, Twitter: @zklaassen_md in the course of the 18th Assembly of the EAU Part of Oncological Urology (ESOU21), January 29-31, 2021

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