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

Brogan, Kerr and Young, David and Ramaesh, Kanna and Lockington, David (2021) Patients' attitudes towards the potential use of stability tape to minimize head movements during cataract surgery. Seminars in Ophthalmology. ISSN 0882-0538

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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.

    ORCID iDs

    Brogan, Kerr, Young, David ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3652-0513, Ramaesh, Kanna and Lockington, David;