The Section is undertaking a snapshot audit of ESWL practice in the UK during 2016 & 2017. The aim of this audit is to gain an idea of the "real life" efficacy of treatment, away from the large single-centre experiences reported in the literature.
We hope that these data will help us develop standards for ESWL in the UK and Ireland. This may help in the process of service rationalisation, as well as providing the opportunity to gather further data prospectively, thus ensuring safe and efficient ESWL services are maintained, and allowing Departments the opportunity to analyse their own outcome data regularly.
All UK and Ireland Urology departments undertaking ESWL are requested to:
There will be three data collection time-points:
||Initial recruitment of the first 10 new ESWL cases
(the first 10 consecutive new renal stone cases treated with ESWL)
||3-month review of all recruited cases will commence
||6-month review of all recruited cases will commence
To ensure patient confidentiality is not compromised, departments are requested to keep a secure log of patient identifiers on a local database. Once submitted, each of the cases listed on the spreadsheet will be assigned a study number. Please do not enter patient identifiable data such as patient NHS number or date of birth on the spreadsheet you return to the audit.
The Section believes this is an exciting opportunity to gather clinically useful information and inform best practice. We urge you to participate - the more Departments involved and cases submitted, the richer the data.
Ben Grey, Richard Napier-Hemy, Oliver Wiseman, Andrew Dickinson & Daron Smith
On behalf of the BAUS Section of Endourology Committee