The COVID-19 pandemic has presented many challenges in health care, not the least of which was the need to find alternatives to an in-person evaluation to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus. Despite the discontinuation of elective procedures at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia (TJUH), Pennsylvania in March 2020, there was a subset of patients that required urgent surgical procedures. Consequently, there needed to be a different approach to the presurgical assessment of these patients. At our institution teleconsultation had gained acceptance by patients and providers prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, therefore a program was rapidly developed utilizing teleconsultation to assess these patients. The question we sought to answer was, in patients undergoing surgery, does completing the preoperative surgical consult through teleconsultation affect the cancellation rate on the day of surgery?
- Teleconsultation – refers to synchronous visits in which a nurse practitioner or physician interfaces in real-time with a patient by video-conferencing.
- Medically Optimized – patient completed the pre-admission testing process and was deemed an acceptable risk for surgery.
Duckworth, MSN, APRN, BC, Janeen; Dennis, BSN, RN, Jacqueline; Harrop, MD, FACP, Catriona; Merli, MD, Geno J.; Weitz, MD, Howard; and Patel, MD, Pious D., "Preoperative Teleconsultation Visits are as Efficient as In-person Appointments in Avoiding Unnecessary Cancellation of Elective Surgical Procedures" (2023). Jefferson Hospital Staff Papers and Presentations. Paper 25.