Publication date: Jun 01, 2023
Background Over the past decade, telemedicine has experienced significant growth due to technological advancement, and the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic further accelerated its adoption. However, the field of anesthesiology has been slow in integrating and embracing telemedicine compared to other medical specialties. Methods We conducted an observational pilot feasibility study at a tertiary hospital in Singapore to assess the viability of a telemedicine hybrid protocol for preoperative anesthetic assessment. The study included patients aged 21 to 65 years, classified as American Society of Anesthesiology (ASA) physical status class 1 or 2, with a body mass index (BMI) below 35 kg/m, who were capable of managing video conferencing. The patients selected were scheduled for low-risk surgeries. The primary objective was to evaluate the medical and technical feasibility of our telemedicine hybrid protocol, while the secondary objectives included assessing patient satisfaction and obtaining feedback from relevant stakeholders. Results From November 2021 to April 2022, a total of 116 patients were recruited, with 96 patients completing the study. No technical difficulties, surgical case cancellations, or incidents of unanticipated difficult airways were reported. The majority of survey respondents (88%) expressed satisfaction with the video consultation and indicated a preference for it over physical consultations for future preoperative anesthesia evaluations. Conclusion Based on our findings, a telemedicine hybrid protocol for preoperative anesthetic assessment demonstrated both technical and medical feasibility while yielding high patient satisfaction. Future research could focus on expanding the protocol to encompass more complex surgeries and include patients with higher ASA status.
|telemedicine patient satisfaction|
|disease||MESH||coronavirus disease 2019|