Adaptation and Change in Practices in Neuro-Intervention during COVID-19 Pandemic: Experience from Department of Interventional Neurology at Referral Tertiary Care Hospital in Bangladesh

Authors

  • ATM Hasibul Hasan Assistant Professor, Department of Interventional Neurology, National Institute of Neurosciences & Hospital, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Mohaimen Mansur Associate Professor, Institute of Statistical Research and Training, University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Muhammad Sougatul Islam Founder and Executive Director, BioTED, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Nusrat Khan PhD Student, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Mohammad Habibur Rahman Assistant Professor, Department of Interventional Neurology, National Institute of Neurosciences & Hospital, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Kazi Mohibur Rahman Professor and Head, Department of Interventional Neurology, National Institute of Neurosciences & Hospital, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Sharif Uddin Khan Professor, Department of Neurology, National Institute of Neurosciences & Hospital, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Shirajee Shafiqul Islam Associate Professor, Department of Interventional Neurology, National Institute of Neurosciences & Hospital, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Md Badrul Alam Mondal Professor and Joint Director, Department of Neurology, National Institute of Neurosciences & Hospital, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Quazi Deen Mohammad Professor and Director, Department of Neurology, National Institute of Neurosciences & Hospital, Dhaka, Bangladesh

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3329/bjid.v9i9.62507

Keywords:

Digital Subtraction Angiography; Interventional Neurology; COVID-19

Abstract

Background: Different adaptation and changes have been practiced during COVID-19 pandemic.

Objective: In this paper we investigated the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on service delivery in the department of interventional neurology and adaptation of the department to the changed environment.

Methodology: This was a retrospective analysis of diagnostic digital subtraction angiography (DSA) procedures done from January 2018 to December 2020 and were analyzed to detect significant breaks in time trend.

Results: A total of 358, 426 and 251 patients got admitted for DSA in consecutive three years from 2018 to 2020 respectively. There was a sudden drop in the number of DSA procedures from 30 to 50 patients per month in the pre-COVID era before March 2020 to less than 10 patients per month during the COVID period of March to June 2020. However, the situation gradually improved following the introduction of RT-PCR test for SARS CoV-2 in June 2020. A poison regression showed a significant increase in monthly DSA procedures in the year 2019 compared to the year 2018, but a significant decrease in the pandemic year of 2020.

Conclusion: By incorporating COVID-19 testing as a pre-requisite test before DSA procedures, the department of interventional neurology recovered from experiencing a significant drop in the number of performed DSA procedures in the initial periods of the pandemic to reaching a level observed in the pre-COVID era.

Bangladesh Journal of Infectious Diseases, April 2022;9(Suppl_1): S3-S8

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Published

2022-11-02

How to Cite

Hasan, A. H., Mansur, M. ., Islam, M. S. ., Khan, N. ., Rahman, M. H., Rahman, K. M. ., Khan, S. U., Islam, S. S. ., Mondal, M. B. A. ., & Mohammad, Q. D. (2022). Adaptation and Change in Practices in Neuro-Intervention during COVID-19 Pandemic: Experience from Department of Interventional Neurology at Referral Tertiary Care Hospital in Bangladesh. Bangladesh Journal of Infectious Diseases, 9(9), S3-S8. https://doi.org/10.3329/bjid.v9i9.62507