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Components of a safe cystectomy service during coronavirus disease 2019 in a high-volume centre

Nelson, AW; Arianayagam, R; Umari, P; Campbell, E; Tetlow, N; Duncan, J; Baker, H; ... Sridhar, A; + view all (2020) Components of a safe cystectomy service during coronavirus disease 2019 in a high-volume centre. Journal of Clinical Urology 10.1177/2051415820970370. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Objective: Delivery of a safe cystectomy service is a multidisciplinary exercise. In this article, we detail the measures implemented at our institution to deliver a cystectomy service for bladder cancer patients during coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). / Methods: A ‘one-stop’ enhanced recovery clinic had been established at our hospital, consisting of an anaesthetist, an exercise testing service, urinary diversion nurses, clinical nurse specialists and surgeons. During COVID-19, we modified these processes in order to continue to provide urgent cystectomy safely for bladder cancer. We collected patients’ outcomes prospectively measuring demographic characteristics, oncological and perioperative outcomes, the presence of COVID-19 symptoms and confirmed COVID-19 test results. / Results: From March to May 2020, 25 patients underwent radical cystectomy for bladder cancer. Twenty-four procedures were performed with robotic assistance and one open as part of a research trial. We instituted modifications at various multidisciplinary steps, including patient selection, preoperative optimisation, enhanced recovery protocols, patient counselling and perioperative protocols. Thirty-day mortality was 0%. The 30-day rate of Clavien ⩾3 complications was 8%. Postoperatively, none of the patients developed COVID-19 based on World Health Organization criteria and testing. / Conclusion: We safely delivered a complex cystectomy service during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic without any COVID-19-related morbidity or mortality. / Level of evidence: Level 2b.

Type: Article
Title: Components of a safe cystectomy service during coronavirus disease 2019 in a high-volume centre
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/2051415820970370
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/2051415820970370
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Cystectomy, robot-assisted radical cystectomy (RARC), bladder cancer, COVID-19, multidisciplinary team
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Surgery and Interventional Sci
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Surgery and Interventional Sci > Department of Targeted Intervention
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10120105
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