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Despite Dislodgement Risks, Patients Are Requesting for the Smallest Stent Available

Stent discomfort is a common complaint among kidney stone patients, but did you know that some patients have resorted to requesting for excessively small stents?

Several members of our patient community tried persuading their urologists to use the smallest stent available, in hopes of minimizing discomfort. However, incorrectly sized stents pose higher risks of dislodging, which may require complicated surgical procedures to retrieve.

Some urologists select stents based on their patients’ body height and physique*. How do you determine the ideal stent size for your patient?

Read more here: Choosing the ideal length of a double-pigtail ureteral stent according to body height: study based on a Chinese population

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Concerns About CT Radiation Grow as Medical Misinformation Strike Fear Into Patients

With easy access to health information online, patients today are more informed and empowered than ever. Medical misinformation, however, has stoked new anxieties, including fears about diagnostic radiation.

Several members of our kidney stone patient community have expressed concern about their doctors ordering multiple CT scans for their kidney stones, within a year. Urologists, it may help to inform patients about how their treatment plans abide by ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Acceptable) guidelines, especially with new imaging technologies that minimize radiation exposure #Dornier5G.

Gain more insights from the world’s fastest-growing kidney stone patient community, with more than 200,000 members.

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Unaware of Antibiotic Resistance Risks, Patients Are Stopping Them Too Early

Antibiotic resistance is a growing public health crisis with severe implications for clinical management in medicine, including urology. Alarmingly, many patients from our kidney stone community have admitted to stopping their antibiotics early!

Urologists, remind patients to complete their course of antibiotics or risk becoming septic, developing organ dysfunction, and contracting lethal infections*!

*Source: Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) / Antibiotic Resistance – Sepsis Alliance

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Tackling Physician Burnout Among Urologists

With a burnout rate of 49%, urology consistently ranks among the top five specialties with the worst levels of depression*. As we commemorate World Suicide Prevention Day, we need to ask ourselves if this is sustainable.

According to a study published in Urology® (the Gold Journal), burnout manifests as low personal achievement, depersonalization and emotional exhaustion among urologists. Unmanaged, it led to more medical errors and poorer quality of patient care. Coping mechanisms such as stress eating and alcohol consumption were associated with higher levels of burnout!

Head out for a walk with a friend instead. By doing so, you’re helping both your patients and yourself.

Read more: Stressors and Coping Mechanisms Related to Burnout Within Urology

*According to the Medscape Physician Burnout and Suicide Report (2021)

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Why It’s Important to Educate Patients About Urinalysis Tests

Urinalysis is a key component of stone management, yet less than 1 in 2 kidney stone patients are willing to undergo them. Test kits are also often mishandled by patients, leading to even lower completion rates!

Without urinalysis results, urologists may struggle to identify risk factors associated with patients’ stones and thus fail to propose the necessary preventive therapies. To improve the compliance rate and accuracy of urinalyses, urologists should educate patients on the proper usage and importance of these tests!

Read more here: An Intervention to Increase 24-Hour Urine Collection Compliance

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