Use of ureteric stent related mobile phone application (UROSTENTZ App) in COVID-19 for improving patient communication and safety: A prospective pilot study from a university hospital

B. M.Zeeshan Hameed, Milap Shah, Nithesh Naik, Suraj Jayadeva Reddy, Bhaskar K. Somani

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Abstract

Introduction During the COVID-19 led lockdown, a reliable system to monitor ureteral stent insertion and timely removal became an important facet of their use. This study looks at the use of ‘Urostentz’ smartphone application (app) for stent procedures and whether it improved patient communication and safety during the lockdown. Material and methods The ‘Urostentz’ app was used for patients who underwent ureteric stent after ureteroscopy (URS) or percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) procedure. It is a smartphone app developed to improve patient safety, facilitate data collection, and provide an efficient interface to simplify ureteral stent tracking and patient communication. It also helps clinicians track stent-related symptoms (SRS) and provide digital remote assistance. Results A total of 33 patients registered with a mean age of 47.8 years (range:18-80) and a male: female ratio of 4.5:1. Of these, 29 (87.9%) used the Urostentz app, and 55.2% had SRS. The number of effective communication episodes ranged from 1-7/patient. Based on the symptoms and communication, stent was removed during lockdown (n = 2), within 1 week of lockdown lifted (n = 24) and within 2 weeks of lockdown lifted (n = 5). None of the patients suffered any stent-related complications and there were no cases of forgotten stents or readmissions despite the lockdown and lack of communication using standard practices. Conclusions The Urostentz app proved to an effective medium of communication to provide guidance and personalized digital remote healthcare. It also allowed prompt removal of stents avoiding prolonged stent symptoms or forgotten stents. Such apps can have a much wider application in the post-COVID-19-era to reduce unnecessary post-procedural visits and reduce health care costs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-56
Number of pages6
JournalCentral European Journal of Urology
Volume74
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Urology

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