Title

Telemedicine for the pediatric preoperative assessment during the COVID-19 pandemic: Evaluating patient and provider satisfaction

Authors

Giuliana Geng-Ramos, Division of Anesthesiology, Pain and Perioperative Medicine, Children's National Hospital, The George Washington University, 111 Michigan Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20010, USA.
Richa Taneja, Division of Anesthesiology, Pain and Perioperative Medicine, Children's National Hospital, The George Washington University, 111 Michigan Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20010, USA.
Chaitanya Challa, Division of Anesthesiology, Pain and Perioperative Medicine, Children's National Hospital, The George Washington University, 111 Michigan Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20010, USA.
Caroll Vazquez-Colon, Division of Anesthesiology, Pain and Perioperative Medicine, Children's National Hospital, The George Washington University, 111 Michigan Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20010, USA.
Jessica Cronin, Division of Anesthesiology, Pain and Perioperative Medicine, Children's National Hospital, The George Washington University, 111 Michigan Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20010, USA.
Ana Campos, Milken Institute of Public Health, The George Washington University, 950 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington DC 20037, USA.
Rachel Selekman, Division of Urology, Children's National Hospital, The George Washington University, 111 Michigan Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20010, USA.
Md Sohel Rana, Joseph E. Robert Jr Center for Surgical Care, Children's National Hospital, 111 Michigan Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20010, USA.
Anjna Melwani, Division of Hospital Medicine, Children's National Hospital, The George Washington University, 111 Michigan Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20010, USA.

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

6-1-2022

Journal

Perioperative care and operating room management

Volume

27

DOI

10.1016/j.pcorm.2022.100252

Keywords

Anesthesia; COVID-19; Patient satisfaction; Pediatric surgery; Telemedicine

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented unprecedented challenges in delivering healthcare to surgical patients. To avoid delays in patient care while still minimizing COVID-19 infection risk to patients and providers, anesthesiology preoperative clinics were presented with the opportunity to implement telemedicine to assess patients' risks prior to surgery. This study explores patient and provider satisfaction with video-based telemedicine preoperative clinic visits during the COVID-19 pandemic via a patient and provider satisfaction survey. A vast majority (>93%) of patients expressed overall satisfaction with telemedicine visits. Similarly, >85% of providers agreed with the benefits of and expressed overall satisfaction with the preoperative telemedicine visits. Overall, patient and provider study participants had positive feedback in response to anesthesia preoperative telemedicine visits. Future studies could assess the preference of telemedicine to in-person visits once the fears of COVID-19 spread have been mitigated, as well as an assessment of outcomes comparing telemedicine and in-person visits.

Department

Pediatrics

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