Hospitals face “real challenge” of finding sensible solutions to treat CLI “epidemic”


Recently appointed chair of the Circulation Foundation, Rachel Bell (London, UK), talks to BLearning at VSASM 2019 (Vascular Societies’ Annual Scientific Meeting; 27–29 November, Manchester, UK) about the role of the vascular charity and her plans for its future.

Bell, who spoke on both aortic disease and peripheral arterial disease treatment, says that there is clear a need for complicated aortic surgery to be done “in the right place, with the right surgical team”, adding that currently one of the main challenges of vascular disease is finding “sensible” ways of treating the critical limb ischaemia (CLI) “epidemic”.

Commenting on wider issues in healthcare, Bell concludes that the best way to effect change is to get doctors and nurses to “take charge and redevelop their local microsystems and do it for their specific patient populations”.

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