vascular surgery

Spatio-temporal analysis of non-attendance for the National Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Program in Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and West Suffolk region between 2018 and 2022 and its link to socioeconomic deprivation

September 19, 2023

Introduction The National Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Program (NAAASP) offers a screening ultrasound scan to all men aged 65 in the UK by the National Health Service (NHS), with the aim of screening and surveillance of aortic aneurysms. The NAAASP was established after multiple randomised clinical trials showed a significant reduction in the mortality rate…

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Repairing the vascular surgery workforce: attract, recruit and retain

July 4, 2023

Vascular surgery manages diseases of the arteries, veins and lymphatics, and with a growing and more aged population, both the prevalence and frequency of intervention for vascular disease is increasing.1–3 Healthcare in general, and vascular surgery in particular, is experiencing acute on chronic workforce shortages which threaten the delivery of vascular services worldwide.3-5 Health systems…

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Frailty in peripheral arterial disease

May 5, 2023

Introduction It has been consistently demonstrated that frail vascular patients have poorer outcomes compared with their robust counterparts.1 Consideration of frailty is particularly important, not only as our population continues to age but as advances in anaesthetic, surgical and endovascular techniques are enabling a broader range of interventional options for those people who may have…

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Restructuring of the UK Vascular Services: does the hub versus spoke model affect patient mortality in ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms?

April 21, 2023

Introduction Ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) are a frequently fatal vascular condition with a mortality rate of up to 80%.1 The Office for National Statistics (ONS) identified over 4,000 deaths from aortic aneurysm and dissection in England and Wales in 2019, with the highest prevalence in men over 65 years old.2 Current management involves either…

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The CRG for Vascular Services

February 26, 2023

The last decade has witnessed a number of changes in the delivery of vascular services nationwide. Vascular surgery attained speciality status in 2012, and is well recognised as an urgent and emergent speciality delivering time-dependent care for patients with aortic aneurysms, carotid surgery for stroke prevention and lower limb revascularisation for critical limb-threatening ischaemia. The…

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