The impact of the COronaVIrus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic on the clinical management of patients with vascular diseases: findings from Tier 3 of the COVID-19 Vascular sERvice (COVER) study

November 21, 2022

Introduction The COronaVIrus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic resulted in major changes in medical practice and clinical decision-making. Throughout the pandemic, the decision of whether, and how, to offer medical or surgical treatments was influenced by several factors such as COVID-19 positivity, patients’ risk of contracting COVID-19 whilst receiving treatment, resource rationing, staff shortages and government guidelines.1,2…

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Short-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on vascular surgical training in Scotland: a trainee’s perspective

February 23, 2022

Introduction The COVID-19 pandemic has caused major disruption to clinical practice across the entire health service. Major changes to service delivery occurred across all specialties with the introduction of the national lockdown in the UK in March 2020. At the peak of the pandemic, overwhelming pressure caused staff shortages in all areas, reduced intensive care…

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The 2021 Vascular Surgery Curriculum journey

February 21, 2022

In August 2021 the new Vascular Surgery Curriculum became active as the approved framework for the training of doctors to the level of independent consultant practice in Vascular Surgery, inclusive of a change to phases of training (1–3) and the introduction of a new assessment system with the Multiple Consultant Report (MCR). The MCR has…

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COVID-19 and vascular care: a tale of sorrow, relationships and evolution

November 24, 2021

The catastrophic effects of the coronavirus pandemic in the UK have been well documented, with a reported death toll exceeding 160,0001 and a crippling impact on healthcare provision and resources.2 Vascular services were not immune to the impact of the pandemic, and in an attempt to better understand this, the Vascular and Endovascular Research Network…

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