Streamlining Postoperative Void Trials: A Study Comparing Standard Backfill Versus Backfill in the Operating Room.
OBJECTIVE: The standard backfill void trial (VT) performed after urogynecologic surgery is time-consuming. We adopted a new VT protocol in which the bladder is backfilled in the operating room (OR). We hypothesized that this protocol would result in (1) shorter postoperative care unit (PACU) stay and (2) lower rates of postoperative catheterization compared with standard VT. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort study of women who underwent same-day urogynecologic surgery between August 2018 and March 2019. Basic demographic and procedure information was collected. Patients were divided into 2 groups based on VT performed. Continuous and categorical variables were compared using Student t tests and χ2 tests, respectively. A linear regression model for PACU length of stay was used to control for confounders. RESULTS: Two hundred twenty-five women were included. One hundred eleven (49.3%) had the OR backfill VT and 114 (50.7%) had the standard VT. There were no statistically significant between-group differences in demographics or procedures performed. The average time in PACU was 15 minutes shorter in the OR backfill compared with the standard VT group (154.8 ± 60.6 vs 169.8 ± 83.2, P = 0.12). After adjusting for confounders, having the OR backfill VT resulted in a 23-minute reduction in PACU time (β = -23.7; 95% confidence interval, -41.3 to -6.1; P = 0.009). The overall VT failure rate was 21.3% and was not significantly different between groups (24.3% vs 18.4%, P = 0.28). CONCLUSIONS: The OR backfill VT resulted in a shorter stay in PACU without increasing the incidence of postoperative catheterization. With the transition to enhanced recovery after surgery protocols, streamlining PACU activities is a priority.
Meekins, AR; Amundsen, CL; Weidner, AC
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