TNOA Journal of Ophthalmic Science and Research

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2021  |  Volume : 59  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 259--264

Triaging of patients and their management during the lockdown period due to COVID-19 pandemic at a tertiary eye center in India


Suraj Mistry1, Arshad Iqbal2, Md Shahid Alam3, Sudipta Das1, Suchetna Mukherjee1, Amitabh Kumar4, Girish Shiva Rao5 
1 Deparment of Vitreoretina, Aditya Birla Sankara Nethralaya (A Unit of Medical Research Foundation), Kolkata, West Bengal, India
2 Deparment of General Ophthalmology and Glaucoma, Aditya Birla Sankara Nethralaya (A Unit of Medical Research Foundation), Kolkata, West Bengal, India
3 Deparment of Orbit Oculoplasty Reconstructive and Aesthetic Services, Aditya Birla Sankara Nethralaya (A Unit of Medical Research Foundation), Kolkata, West Bengal, India
4 Deparment of Uvea, Aditya Birla Sankara Nethralaya (A Unit of Medical Research Foundation), Kolkata, West Bengal, India
5 Bhagwan Mahavir Vitreoretina Services, Sankara Nethralaya, Medical Research Foundation, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Md Shahid Alam
Aditya Birla Sankara Nethralaya (A Unit of Medical Research Foundation), Kolkata, West Bengal
India

Aim: The aim of the study is to describe the triaging of patients based on their clinical profile and the management offered during the lockdown period due to the COVID-19 pandemic at a tertiary eye center. Methods: A cross-sectional study of patients who visited the emergency department during the lockdown (Phase 1 and Phase 2) from March 3,2020 to May 5, 2020 at a tertiary eye care center and their management was carried out. All the data were collected from the Electronic Medical Record of the hospital. Results: A total of 453 patients presented to the hospital during this period. The mean age of the patients was 42.12 ± 18.12 years (Median 46 and Range 31–54). Maximum numbers of patients were in the adult age group (73.95%) and were male (63.35%). On triaging, 42.83% needed emergency care, 20.75% needed urgent care, and 36.42% of patients were manageable with routine care. The majority of the emergency cases were of trauma (46.91%) followed by vitreoretinal (17.01%) and corneal (11.86%) complaints. Most of the patients were managed medically (94.26%) while few needed surgeries (5.74%). The patients being attended during the lockdown period was 1.9% of the total patients (23,121) seen during the same time period in the year 2019. Conclusion: There was a drastic fall in the number of patients visiting the hospital during the lockdown period. The majority of the visiting patients needed emergency care and a handful of patients were managed surgically. Rearranging the clinical and surgical activity with triaging helped us to achieve safe and methodological practice during this pandemic period.


How to cite this article:
Mistry S, Iqbal A, Alam MS, Das S, Mukherjee S, Kumar A, Rao GS. Triaging of patients and their management during the lockdown period due to COVID-19 pandemic at a tertiary eye center in India.TNOA J Ophthalmic Sci Res 2021;59:259-264


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Mistry S, Iqbal A, Alam MS, Das S, Mukherjee S, Kumar A, Rao GS. Triaging of patients and their management during the lockdown period due to COVID-19 pandemic at a tertiary eye center in India. TNOA J Ophthalmic Sci Res [serial online] 2021 [cited 2022 Oct 7 ];59:259-264
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