OBJECTIVES: To compare the level of information provided in extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) patient information leaflets in the London and East of England Deaneries
DESIGN: All trusts in the London and East of England Deanery who offer an ESWL service were contacted and leaflets were compared
SETTING: London and East of England Deanery
PARTICIPANTS: Alan Askari, Iqbal Shergill
MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Examination of key information that was communicated to ESWL patients via leaflets
RESULTS: 12 trusts responded across the two deaneries. There was significant variation in the amount of information provided in the leaflets with some leaflets not containing an adequate level of instruction or information to patients
CONCLUSIONS: The authors propose that a national standardised information leaflet should be incorporated with the British Association of Urological Surgeons (BAUS) procedure specific information leaflet for ESWL procedures.
JRSM Short Rep. 2012 May;3(5):35. doi: 10.1258/shorts.2012.011163. Epub 2012 May 30
PMID: 22666532 [PubMed - in process]
Obviously there were not a lot of lawsuits because of ESWL treatments in England. The quality of informed consent material for the patients is really poor: Anticoagulants mentioned in only 7/12, Haematoma in 9/12, Steinstrasse in 5/12 and Pregnancy in 3/12.