Patients' attitudes towards the potential use of stability tape to minimize head movements during cataract surgery

Kerr Brogan, David Young, Kanna Ramaesh, David Lockington

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Abstract

Introduction: Head stabilization may reduce intra-operative risk during cataract surgery, but could be misinterpreted as "restraint." We wanted to establish patients' attitudes towards the potential use of stability-tape.
Materials and Methods: One-hundred consecutive patients attending for local-anaesthetic cataract surgery were asked to complete a pre-operative questionnaire. This explored patient concerns and views regarding intra-operative head movement and the potential use of stability-tape.
Results: All 100-patients completed the questionnaire. The median head movement concern score was 2 out of 10 (range 1–9, IQR 1–5). Eighty-four percent felt stability tape should be offered to all patients and 97% would consent for its' use. Only 6% voiced concern about the use of stability-tape (95% CI 2.2%, 12.6%).
Conclusion: Patients had low concern for moving their head during surgery. The concept of stability-tape to minimize head movements during cataract surgery was viewed positively by most patients. This strategy may promote safer surgery in selected cases.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)379-383
Number of pages5
JournalSeminars in Ophthalmology
Volume36
Issue number5-6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Aug 2021

Keywords

  • cataract surgery
  • stability tape
  • head drift
  • complications
  • risk stratification
  • surgical safety

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