Klin Monbl Augenheilkd
DOI: 10.1055/a-1266-3546
Klinische Studie

Development of a Patient-Oriented Organizational Management System for Intravitreal Injection Therapy in a Standardized “Treat-and-Extend” Regime at a University Eye Clinic

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1  Universitätsklinik für Augenheilkunde, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, Deutschland
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Oliver Greb
1  Universitätsklinik für Augenheilkunde, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, Deutschland
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Sascha Bayer
2  Niederlassung Schweiz, Q_PERIOR, Zürich, Schweiz
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Pascal Buley
1  Universitätsklinik für Augenheilkunde, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, Deutschland
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1  Universitätsklinik für Augenheilkunde, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, Deutschland
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Katerina Hufendiek
1  Universitätsklinik für Augenheilkunde, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, Deutschland
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1  Universitätsklinik für Augenheilkunde, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, Deutschland
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1  Universitätsklinik für Augenheilkunde, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, Deutschland
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Abstract

Background The treatment of macular edema with intravitreal injections has revolutionized the treatment of associated diseases in ophthalmology. However, with a few exceptions, this is a chronic treatment where patients require many injections and usually need to stay in treatment for years. Patient adherence and control of patient flow are critical to treatment success. In this manuscript, we describe the development of a patient-oriented organization management for intravitreal injections in a university hospital.

Material and Methods In 2015, the intravitreal treatment in our clinic was switched to the treat-and-extend regime. At the same time, the optimization of the previous organizational processes in perioperative management was evaluated. For the period 2015 to 2018, we analyzed and gradually optimized the procedures of our intravitreal injection therapy in a survey with a specialized service provider.

Results Through the analysis of the original processes, the patient appointment was optimized, work processes were summarized, spatially reorganized and there was only a slight increase in the number of staff involved compared with the significant increase in the number of injections. Through these measures, the total in-hospital-time of the patients could be drastically reduced and at the same time the number of patients on one operation day could be multiplied.

Conclusion In the context of chronic treatment with intravitreal injections, the care of an increased number of patients is a logistical challenge. By optimizing processes, existing resources can be better used to meet the increased demands. An optimized system offers the patient greater adherence and a better visual outcome largely independent of the medication used.



Publication History

Received: 20 April 2020

Accepted: 13 August 2020

Publication Date:
26 November 2020 (online)

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