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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The first virtual ASPIRE 7 and 8 programs: preparing senior vascular trainees for FRCS and consultancy using a Post-Graduate Virtual Learning Environment

February 16, 2022

Background The COVID-19 pandemic has had catastrophic effects in the UK. The death toll in the UK currently stands at over 170,000.1; The COvid-19 Vascular sERvice (COVER) study highlighted the significant impact of the pandemic on both elective and emergency vascular surgery provision, with the focus on minimising exposure and therefore cross-infection of COVID-19 and […]

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Do we need a UK vascular journal? Survey of multidisciplinary UK vascular specialists

November 24, 2021

Background A number of vascular societies world-wide have an allied or specific vascular journal for the publication of work presented or conducted by their members. Now that UK vascular surgery is a speciality in its own right there are limited options for publication of UK vascular research, potentially compromising the opportunity of UK based vascular […]

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