The Journal of Vascular Surgery (JVS) has introduced the COVID-19 Collection, a compilation of fast-tracked articles designed to proactively provide solutions to deliver the best care in the current COVID-19 environment.
JVS has dramatically shifted communication with vascular surgeons and vascular specialists given the impact of the virus on lives globally to determine ways to prevent spread of the infection, improve treatment of infected patients with co-existing vascular disease, and save the lives of both patients and healthcare professionals. The JVS COVID-19 Collection is free to access and available at http://b.link/COVIDCollection.
“The JVS welcomes reports on personal and institutional experiences on how to improve vascular disease management while protecting our patients and the vascular care-givers during this crisis,” said Peter Gloviczki, editor-in-chief of JVS publications. “The series of articles is designed to collectively share best practices and communication among vascular health experts for delivering the highest quality care.”
Topics in the growing collection of informative articles include telemedicine, practice changes and the impact of treating patients with vascular health conditions and COVID-19 in areas across the world. More than 14 articles have been fast-tracked and published to date, including:
- Delivering high-quality vascular care via telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic, a discussion of the sweeping changes to the delivery of health care—including telemedicine—throughout the USA and other parts of the world.
- A military perspective on the vascular surgeon’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including an editorial evaluating military medicine’s response in previous times of crisis to provide insight into how the surgical profession can optimise its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The Vascular surgery COVID-19 collaborative (VASCC), sharing how vascular surgeons organised through social media both locally and internationally to work, understand and help predict the impact of COVID-19 on patient outcomes.
- COVID-19 financial resources for physicians, with survey results highlighting the financial impact of the pandemic on physician groups of all specialties and the myriad of program, including both grants and loans, to reimburse physicians for some expenses and loss of revenue.
“We ask the experts who are on the front lines caring for patients with vascular disease to help patients stay as healthy as possible during these difficult times,” said Gloviczki.
The Society for Vascular Surgery has also included a host of new COVID-19-specific resources for members on its website and is hosting weekly town hall meetings for its members as a way to share and connect as a community of experts.