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Running a paediatric ambulatory sleep service in a pandemic and beyond

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posted on 2023-07-26, 15:42 authored by Jo‐Anne Johnson, Katrina Burrows, Aaron Trinidade
OBJECTIVES: In response COVID-19, re-establishing safe elective services was prioritised in the UK. We assess the impact on face-to-face hospital attendance, cost, and efficiency of implementing a virtual sleep clinic (intervention 1) to screen for children requiring level 3 ambulatory sleep studies using newly implemented ENT-UK guidelines for obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) investigation (intervention 2). OBJECTIVES: (1) compare the proportion of children attending sleep clinic undertaking a sleep study before and after implementation of these interventions; (2) compare clinic cancellations and first-time success rates of sleep studies before and after intervention. DESIGN: Retrospective analysis. SETTING: District general hospital paediatric sleep clinic. PARTICIPANTS: Children aged 3 months to 16 years referred to sleep clinic by ENT for investigation of OSA over the 3-months immediately following interventions (1 June 2020 - 1 September 2020) to the same period in the previous year (1 June 2019 - 1 September 2019). MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Number of children attending sleep clinic; date of birth / age of children attending sleep clinic; of number of children undergoing sleep study; diagnostic outcomes; number of appointment cancellations; number of first-time sleep study failures. RESULTS: Post-intervention, there was a significant reduction in the proportion of children undertaking ambulatory sleep studies, and non-significant reductions in appointment cancellations and in first-time sleep study failures. CONCLUSIONS: The introduction of the virtual sleep clinic meant that only those children requiring a sleep study attended a face-to-face appointment, which led to reduced face-to-face attendance. There were also unintended cost-effectiveness and efficiency benefits, with potential longer-term learning implications for the wider sleep community and other diagnostic services.



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