South County Urology leads AUA New England Conference

Published 09/16/2019

Dr. Joseph Renzulli IISouth County Urology was a lead presenter at the American Urological Association’s New England section conference held on Friday, September 13, 2019. The event drew approximately 200 medical professionals to the Rhode Island Convention Center. South County Health’s Chief of Urology Dr. Joseph Renzulli II was the program’s director.

Among the lectures and other activities at the day-long professional event, participants benefitted from the findings of two research projects undertaken at South County Health. Ian Clark, MPH, CSPPM presented the study conducted at South County Health entitled Factors Associated with Patient No-show Appointments in Community Urology Practice.

The purpose of the study was to Identify and understand factors associated with patient no-shows. This is an important first-step process of informing the development of interventions designed to optimize patient health outcomes, improve access, and maximize provider productivity and revenue.

Leading the study was Dr. Renzulli, FACS, and Dr. Lisa Rameaka, FACOG.

The second poster presentation, A Retrospective Evaluation of a Novel Perioperative Opioid Sparing Protocol for Patients Undergoing Robotic Assisted Laparoscopic Surgery, was delivered by former pharmacy intern, David Krok, PharmD.

The study served as a follow-up to the Opioid Sparing Pathway developed by Chief of Anesthesiology Dr. Henry Cabrera and Chief of Orthopedic Surgery Dr. Michael Bradley.

To help combat the current opioid epidemic, South County Health has tried to optimize the pharmacotherapy of each individual patient with the use of multimodal analgesia as well as implementing advanced surgical techniques.

The purpose of this project was to evaluate the use of a non-opioid perioperative regimen for robotic assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy and partial/total nephrectomy patients.

Dr. Renzulli was the lead researcher for this study, along with Dr. Rameaka and Dr. Cabrera.