M. ADNAN1, R.CHUA1, E.CHUA1, M. HAIREE1, B. LIM1
National Skin Centre1
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and their complications are of a significant public health concern. When not detected or treated early in men, common STIs have the potential to cause health problems and also increase an individual’s susceptibility for HIV infection.
The STI nurses play an imperative role to triage and assess patients with STI in the clinic to ensure appropriate services are rendered at the point of care in clinic.
A retrospective data collection on the demographics of patients and patients’ bill size were collected via Electronic Medical Record
A survey questionnaire using a 10-point Likert scale to evaluate the DSC Clinic staff’s perception of the STI-NLSS, was collected after 5 months of operations.
A total of 431 male patients received the STI-NLSS over the past 5 months. The mean age of patients is 30.95 years old, Standard Deviation 8.34.
The comparison of cost for patient visits in DSC has decreased by $13.60 on each patient visit and resulted to a total savings of $5,861.60 for 431 patient visits over 5 months.
The time savings per patient is estimated to be 15 minutes, based on a modest waiting time of 10 minutes and doctor’s consultation time of 5 minutes. The total time savings over the period of 5 months is estimated to be 107 hours.
Patients’ decreased expenditure and increase convenience for testing may translate into higher compliance for screening high STI risk patients, and lead to early detection, prompt treatment and reduced transmission rates.