May 29, 2020

All India Ophthalmological Society members' survey: Practice pattern of intravitreal anti-vascular endothelial growth factor injection

Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
Dheepak SundarNamrata Sharma

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to report the results of an on-line survey to evaluate the practice pattern of Indian retina specialists in administering intravitreal anti-vascular endothelial growth factor injection. A structured questionnaire on the intravitreal injection (IVI) procedure protocols was sent online to all members of the All India Ophthalmological Society (AIOS) with a request to the retina specialists to respond. A unique link that directed to the web-based questionnaire page allowed a single response only. Participating physicians were masked from each others' responses. The responses were categorized into pre-injection patient preparation, injection aliquoting, injection administration, and post-injection care. The results were compared with similar surveys in Europe, the UK, and the USA. Response was received from 741 of 1016 (73%) retina specialists (of 16,000 AIOS ophthalmologists). The survey showed: 43.5% evaluated patient's cardiac risk factors, 60% used prophylactic topical antibiotic, 90.9% performed injection under topical anesthesia, 55% aliquoted from the bevacizumab vial at the eye care facility, 66.2% used a single puncture technique, 91.4% injected in the main operating room, 98% wore masks and sterile...Continue Reading

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Practice Experience
Antifungal Antibiotics, Topical
Injection Procedure
Community Surveys
Bevacizumab
Retina
Heart
Physicians
Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor A
Ophthalmologist

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