Impact of COVID-19 outbreak on urology surgical waiting lists and waiting lists prioritization strategies in the Post-COVID-19 era.

The suspension of most elective surgeries during COVID-19 pandemic caused the lengthening of urology surgical waiting lists. The objective of this study is to evaluate the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on urology surgical waiting list in a high-volume hospital.

An observational descriptive study was designed. All patients included in the urology surgical waiting list of our high-volume center on May 1st 2020 (46 days after the suspension of elective surgery) were analyzed. Baseline variables, priority on the waiting list, main urological disease, type of scheduled surgery, and waiting time were recorded. Other variables recorded were the presence of a urinary catheter, number of accesses to the emergency department, evidence of COVID-19 infection, number of deaths and their cause. The waiting time for each disease was compared with the time to surgery in 2019.

A total of 350 patients were included. The mean (SD) time on the waiting list was 97.33 (55.47) days. Priority 1 patients, who normally should undergo surgery within 30 days, were on the waiting list for a mean (SD) time of 60.51 (20.14) days. They were mainly patients with ureteral lithiasis (25.6%), high-risk or muscle-invasive bladder cancer (20.9%) and high-risk prostate cancer (13.9%). The mean waiting time had already significantly exceeded the mean time to surgery in 2019 for radical cystectomy (p = 0.04) and URS (p = 0.003).

The suspension of most elective surgeries due to COVID-19 had a significant impact on urology surgical waiting list of our high-volume center, especially in priority 1 group.

Actas urologicas espanolas. 2020 Nov 07 [Epub ahead of print]

E García-Rojo, C Manfredi, R Santos-Pérez-de-la-Blanca, Á Tejido-Sánchez, B García-Gómez, M Aliaga-Benítez, J Romero-Otero, A Rodriguez-Antolín

Servicio de Urología, Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria (imas12), Hospital 12 de Octubre, Madrid, España. Electronic address: ., Servicio de Urología, Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria (imas12), Hospital 12 de Octubre, Madrid, España; Departamento de Cirugía de la Mujer, el Niño y Cirugía General y Especializada, Universidad de Campania «Luigi Vanvitelli», Nápoles, Italia., Servicio de Urología, Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria (imas12), Hospital 12 de Octubre, Madrid, España., Servicio de Admisión y Documentación Clínica, Hospital 12 de Octubre, Madrid, España.

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