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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 150-152

A novel computer based stent registry to prevent retained stents: Will patient directed automated short message service and letter generator help?


1 Department of Urology, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Computerized Hospital Information Processing Service, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
Sagar Sabharwal
Department of Urology, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0970-1591.126892

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Objective: The objective of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of a computer based stent registry with patient directed automated information system to prevent retained double J stents. Materials and Methods: A stent registry system was developed in collaboration with our Computerized Hospital Information Processing Service Department. This computer based stent registry with patient directed automated information system was integrated with the existing clinical work station. We reviewed the records retrospectively and assessed the feasibility of the system in reminding clinicians and patients regarding the stent and its date of removal. Results: In a short run at our department, this new system appeared feasible, with patients promptly responding to the short message service and letter alerts. Conclusions: Computer based stent registry with patient directed automated information system is feasible in a clinical setting. A prospective study is needed for evaluation of its efficacy in preventing retained stents.


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