Hybrid telehealth medical retina clinic due to provider exposure and quarantine during covid-19 pandemic

Hamzah Aweidah, Khaled Safadi, Alan Jotkowitz, Itay Chowers, Jaime Levy

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Abstract

Objective: To present our hybrid telehealth medical retina clinic service with intravitreal injections (IVI) treatment as a safe alternative to in-person visits and examination during COVID-19 pandemic disease. Methods: Due to exposure to a COVID-19 positive retina fellow, our retina service, in quarantine, evaluated patients’ medical files and retinal scans using a telemedicine approach. A different protocol for patients coming for IVI during the COVID-19 pandemic was established for IVI administration. Results: During the 14-day quarantine period (between March 18th and March 31st 2020), the hybrid telehealth medical retina clinic performed 523 IVI to 394 patients with a mean age ± SD 70.96 ± 14.4 years. IVI were administered for neovascular age-related macular degeneration in 50.5% of the cases (199 patients), diabetic macular edema in 21.3% (84 patients), retinal vein occlusion in 17.5% (69 patients), and 10.7% for other retinal pathologies (42 patients). No ocular or systemic complications were observed. Conclusion: During disasters and pandemics, IVI can be provided safely using a hybrid telehealth medical retina clinic approach but only in the appropriate patient and health care system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3421-3426
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Ophthalmology
Volume14
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2020

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Hybrid telehealth medical retina clinic
  • Intravitreal injections
  • Ophthalmology
  • Telemedicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology

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