Original Research

Deprivation and supervised exercise for intermittent claudication

July 21, 2022

Introduction Intermittent claudication is ischaemic muscle pain resulting from impeded arterial blood flow that is precipitated by exercise and relieved by rest. It is thought to have a prevalence of up to 10%.1 National and international guidelines recommend supervised exercise, in conjunction with risk modification through lifestyle changes and best medical therapy, as first-line management […]

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Research priorities in diabetic foot disease

July 4, 2022

Introduction Diabetic foot disease is among a number of serious complications of diabetes mellitus.1 In the UK there are over 7,000 diabetes-related lower limb amputations each year.2 Diabetic foot ulceration (DFU) precedes diabetes-related lower limb amputations in 80% of cases, with studies reporting a prevalence of DFUs as between 1%3 and 2%4 in people living […]

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A survey of surgical site infection prevention practice in UK vascular surgery

June 29, 2022

Introduction Surgical site infections (SSI) are a common complication following vascular surgery, with significant detrimental effects for patients and healthcare providers.1 Reported SSI rates vary, but may be as high as 40%.2 This high rate is due to vascular surgical patients often being elderly, smokers and diabetics, frequently having multiple long-term conditions. Undesirable physical sequelae […]

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Research priorities for vascular wounds: results of the Vascular Society GBI/James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Process

May 19, 2022

Background In the UK, approximately 3.8 million people live with a wound at an estimated cost of £8.3 billion per year to the NHS, with this figure expected to rise in the future.1,2 Additionally, complications like delayed healing, infection and deterioration of other comorbidities are known to have a detrimental impact on patients’ quality of […]

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Open aortic surgical training with trainees as primary operator: a retrospective single-centre analysis

May 10, 2022

Introduction Over the last two decades the popularity of endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair (EVAR) has meant that vascular units have begun to express concerns regarding the ability of vascular trainees to acquire open aortic surgical skills. In the USA, EVAR usage has been reported to be >80% in some units.1,2 Trainees’ exposure to […]

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