Tag: COVID-19

Second COVID-19 wave conveys continuing uncertainty for vascular surgery

As 2020 draws to a close, many countries across the globe face continuing challenges arising from COVID-19. At this year’s European Society for Vascular...

Dialysis access needs to be a priority in the COVID-19 era

Panagiotis M Kitrou and Nicholas Inston discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on vascular access services. Despite the disruption caused, they are optimistic...
abdominal aortic aneurysm

Analysis suggests reassessment of operative threshold for AAA repair during COVID-19

According to a recent analysis, the decision to delay operative repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) should consider both patient age and local COVID-19...

Collaborative efforts seek to understand COVID-19 impact on vascular patients

Amidst the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, concerns have mounted in the vascular community about the disruption to clinical routine. As vascular patients are particularly vulnerable...
Aortic Dissection Collaborative

US team secures funding to examine impact of COVID-19 on aortic...

A team at the University of Washington in Seattle, USA, has received a funding award through the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Eugene Washington...

Dedicated protocol in Bologna vascular unit allowed maintenance of elective activity...

A dedicated protocol in the Bologna metropolitan vascular surgery unit in Italy allowed for the maintenance of regular elective vascular surgery activity during the...

COVID-19 survey: Support of hospitals and societies “paramount” to promoting well-being...

Responses to the COVID-19 pandemic practice, anxiety, coping and support survey for vascular surgeons, recently presented during SVS ONLINE (20 June–2 July), reveal higher...

BIBA Briefings: Critical limb ischaemia interventions buck trend for emergency only...

A BIBA MedTech Insights survey (conducted May 2020) indicates a trend towards centres only performing emergency percutaneous peripheral procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic. However,...

BIBA Briefings: Survey indicates that elective aortic procedures could return to...

A new survey, conducted in May 2020, shows that about 65% of physicians in Western Europe believe their centres could be performing their normal...

“On the descending curve”: BEST-CLI rises to COVID-19 and financial challenges

Vascular News spoke to the principal investigators of the BEST-CLI (Best endovascular versus best surgical therapy in critical limb ischaemia) trial—Alik Farber (Boston Medical...

Vascular surgeons identify health concerns that result from quarantine

Vascular surgeons from across the USA are reporting health impacts on some patients, particularly elderly ones, in quarantine. The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) queried...

New study shows COVID-19 causes severe blood vessel damage

New research published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that the respiratory virus SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, causes severe damage to blood...
COVID-19 New York

Study highlights drop in aortic dissection cases in New York during...

In a recently-published study, researchers found a significant drop in acute aortic dissection cases in New York City since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The...
sociodemographic factors COVID-19

Study lists top sociodemographic factors associated with COVID-19

Older age, being male, deprivation, living in a densely populated area, ethnicity, obesity, and chronic kidney disease are associated with a positive test for...

COVID-19: No evidence of increased aortic emergencies in Lombardy

Roberto Chiesa (Milan, Italy), who was at the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Lombardy region of Italy, shares his team’s experience in...

Life as a vascular surgeon in Mexico during the COVID-19 pandemic

Rebeca Reachi Lugo is a vascular surgeon in Mexico. Based on her own experiences, as well as the responses of 150 other Mexican vascular...

COVID-19: The role of vascular surgeons—A New York centre perspective

Thomas Maldonado and Michael Barfield, both of NYU Langone Health (New York, USA), share their experiences of the coronavirus outbreak and discuss how the...

New collection of articles available on impact of COVID-19 in treating...

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...

COVER study aims to capture impact of COVID-19 on global vascular...

The COVID-19 vascular service (COVER) study, a multinational, prospective, observational study that is aimed at capturing the impact of the pandemic on global vascular...

COVID-19: Calls for physicians to address domestic violence during social distancing

Prism Schneider (Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada) and others write in a commentary in the Canadian Medical Association Journal—because of...

COVID-19: CMS outlines recommendations for restarting non-emergent procedures

On 18 March, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recommended “limiting non-essential care and expanding surge capacity into ambulatory surgical centres and...

Global vascular community addresses geographic disparity in COVID-19 impact and response

Last week, the Charing Cross (CX) Symposium 2020 would have taken place in London, UK. To mark the occasion virtually, experts from across the...

Getinge contributes to ventilator manufacturers group to form Ventilator Training Alliance

Several of the world’s ventilator manufacturers announce a newly formed Ventilator Training Alliance (VTA) to support frontline medical providers to access a centralised repository...

COVID-19: Cotton and surgical masks may be ineffective at stopping spread...

In a brief report in Annals of Internal Medicine, Seongman Bae (Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea) and colleagues report that neither surgical...

SVS Vascular Annual Meeting cancelled as a live event due to...

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM), which had been due to take place 17–20 June in Toronto, Canada, has been...

“An unprecedented challenge”: Vascular surgery in New York during COVID-19

Darren B Schneider is a vascular surgeon in New York—the US state with the highest number of COVID-19 confirmed cases and deaths at present....

Philips and the US government collaborate in ventilator production ramp up...

Royal Philips has announced that the US government and Philips agreed to team up to increase the production of hospital ventilators in its manufacturing...

Virtual VIVA roundtable addresses COVID-19 pandemic

VIVA Physicians recently hosted a virtual roundtable to address COVID-19. Tony Das (Connected Cardiovascular Care Associates, Dallas and BSW Heart Hospital, Plano, USA), one...
Medtronic

Medtronic provides ventilator progress update

Medtronic has announced updates regarding its efforts to increase ventilator production around the globe. The company is announcing progress in the ramp-up of its...

COVID-19: European Commission agrees to postpone new MDR because of pandemic

The European Commission (EC) has adopted a proposal to postpone by one year the date of application of the new Medical Devices Regulation (MDR), which...
CMSS

CMSS “strongly urges action” to ensure all frontline healthcare professionals are...

In a new statement published on 2 April 2020, all 45 societies represented by the US Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS)—over 800,000 physicians—emphatically...

SVS provides resources on COVID-19 and its impact

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) has collated a number of resources to provide information on COVID-19 and its impact, including advocacy, clinical practice...
Medical personnel PPE

ACS defends healthcare workers as PPE shortages lead to acrimony

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) today leapt to the defense of healthcare workers who are heading to work in the face of increasing...
SVS Town Hall COVID-19

“Desperate times require desperate measures,” SVS Town Hall on COVID-19 hears

The imperatives of preserving personal protective equipment (PPE) in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic were discussed in depth during a Society for Vascular...

Live webinar on Thursday 2 April to share COVID-19 cardiovascular experience

The Imperial College Network of Excellence in Vascular Science at Imperial College London (UK) is to run a COVID-19 Cardiovascular Conference as a live...
Medtronic

Medtronic shares ventilation design specifications to accelerate efforts to increase global...

Medtronic has announced it is publicly sharing the design specifications for the Puritan Bennett 560 (PB 560) to enable participants across industries to evaluate...

COVID-19: European Commission looking to postpone new MDR by one year

During a Q&A section of a European Commission (EC) college meeting on 25 March, EC spokesperson Stefan de Keersmaecker stated that the commission were looking to...

Adapt clinical studies to alleviate effect of pandemic

A viewpoint in the Journal of the American Medical Association has offered potential solutions to modifying ongoing randomised clinical trials during the COVID-19 pandemic....

American College of Surgeons releases new clinical guidance document for elective...

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has issued guidance for surgeons to curtail recommendations for elective surgical procedures to preserve the necessary resources for...

CX 2020 is cancelled due to COVID-19

The 2020 Charing Cross (CX) Symposium that was due to take place next month in London, UK, has been cancelled due to COVID-19.  In full,...

CDRH adjusts working practices with medical device companies to deal with...

The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) has written to the medical device industry to outline its...

Vascular Society issues guidance on COVID-19 and vascular surgery

The president of the Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland, Chris Imray (University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, Coventry, UK), has issued...
COVID-19

Letter from Seattle: Amid COVID-19 pandemic, time to act is long...

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Benjamin W Starnes and Niten Singh urge service chiefs across the USA to "act this minute" in order to conserve...