Tag: COVID-19

New data support televascular visits to help address rural vascular surgery...

Researchers from the University of Minnesota unveiled new data supporting televascular consultations as a viable solution to the shortage of vascular surgeons in rural...

Leadership: Spotlight on Amy Reed, MD

This interview continues our series of conversations with national vascular surgery leaders based on topics from the Kouznes and Pozner book “The Truth About...

Joint symposium with UCLA returns in virtual form

From Aug. 15 to 30, UCLA will hold its Fifth Annual UCLA/SVS Symposium: A Comprehensive Review and Update of What's New in Vascular and...

Seattle team secures funding to examine COVID-19 impacts on aortic dissection

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

Study: Stroke risk higher in patients with COVID-19 than influenza

A higher rate of stroke has been reported in adults with COVID-19 compared to a cohort of patients with influenza. A retrospective study published...

SPECIAL REPORT: Vascular surgeons from across world report on early response...

The seismic impact of the novel coronavirus on vascular surgery across the globe continues to be absorbed. Practice changed, and the specialty pivoted to...

SPECIAL REPORT: Across the world—early impact of COVID-19 on vascular surgeons

COVID-19 has changed our world and surgical practices as vascular surgeons. We have been faced with unforeseen challenges, and the professional impact has been...

SPECIAL REPORT: Reacting to virus in key locations across United States

Following on from part one of our June issue special report in which we explored global perspectives on how vascular surgeons were coping with...

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 in a Special Scientific Session on COVID-19 during SVS ONLINE on June...

Dispatches: Opening up a difficult conversation around systemic racism

Recent times have wrought a potent cocktail of cultural disarray on the psyche of the United States. In medicine and vascular surgery, this confluence...

SVS ONLINE: A meeting of firsts

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) notched up plenty of firsts this year with its virtual meeting, SVS ONLINE: "New Advances and Discoveries in...

Endologix enters into agreement with Deerfield Partners to take company private

Endologix has announced that, after evaluating a variety of strategic options, it has initiated a voluntary Chapter 11 case and simultaneously filed a consensual...

Study shows novel AI technology is better predictor of stroke than...

Boston-based medical technology company Elucid Bio, maker of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-cleared and CE-marked vascuCAP software, announced Wednesday, July 1, that its...

SVS joins Surgical Care Coalition in fight against Medicare cuts

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) has joined the Surgical Care Coalition as part of a show of solidarity against pending Centers for Medicare...

Advocating for our members

COVID-19 has altered almost all of our lives to a degree previously unimaginable. Millions of Americans continue to lose their jobs, hundreds of thousands...

Special COVID-19 session added to SVS ONLINE slate

SVS ONLINE will now feature a session that hones in on the coronavirus pandemic, consisting of nine talks dealing with such issues as acute...

Letter from NYC: Lessons learned ahead of possible future waves of...

On March 1, I drove down the Connecticut Turnpike in a rental car with my three sons. We had just left a somber family...

SVS reports on vascular surgeon concerns over pandemic health impacts

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

Dispatches: COVID-19 and getting to grips with a new vascular order

At first there was chaos. Then came adaptation and recognition of what was coming down the pipe—followed by assimilation into a new kind of...

Study cites drop in aortic dissection cases in NY during pandemic

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 study—”The...

Dispatches: Vascular surgery and pandemic redeployment in New Orleans

At one point in the COVID-19 pandemic timeline, New Orleans was in a perilous position. In late March, the Louisiana governor reported that the...

Embracing new definition of healthcare as digital age confronts holdouts

There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged our healthcare system like nothing before. We have confronted other diseases like influenza, tuberculosis,...

Registry launches pair of studies on vascular complications related to COVID-19

The new Vascular Surgery COVID-19 Collaborative (VASCC) is ready to start collecting data on two projects. The first study to emerge from the international registry,...

Report: Safely executing CEA during COVID-19

A carotid endarterectomy (CEA) carried out on a 71-year-old stroke patient who tested positive for COVID-19 is highlighted in a recent case report as an...

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...

SVS ONLINE: Carving out virtual version of VAM invited sessions amid...

As Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Postgraduate Education Committee chair Vikram Kashyap, MD, tells it, the organizers behind programming for the Vascular Annual Meeting...

Dispatches from the vascular front: A vascular nursing perspective in times...

For almost the first month after COVID-19 hit New Orleans with a vengeance, vascular nurse Jayme Boudreaux, APRN, found herself largely stuck at home,...

Dispatches from the vascular front: Embracing telemedicine in COVID-19 era

DALLAS—William P. Shutze, MD, has not long since finished his day's practice—a shift in which he carried out somewhere in the region of 13...

Medical care in time of coronavirus: Handling patients without COVID-19

The patient was thin, pale and clearly frightened, although he tried not to show it. With poor English skills, he patiently sat on the...

Access JVS collection of papers on COVID-19

The editors of the Journal of Vascular Surgery (JVS) group of publications have launched a freely available COVID-19 collection across the JVS family of...

SVS ONLINE: Call for pandemic-focused late-breaking abstracts

Over the course of the summer, SVS ONLINE will provide attendees with an innovative program featuring both live webinars and on-demand sessions. The event...

CMS outlines recommendations for re-starting 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 centers and...

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

LONDON—Last week, the Charing Cross (CX) Symposium 2020 would have taken place in the U.K. capital. To mark the occasion virtually, experts from across...

Dispatches from the vascular front: COVID-19 strikes New Jersey like ‘tidal...

Operating in the shadow of New York City, Clifford M. Sales, MD, has had his finger on the pulse of North America's two worst-affected...

Final push: SVS COVID-19 needs assessment survey closes April 24

The SVS Wellness Task Force today announced a final push for respondents to the Society's COVID-19 needs assessment survey. The initiative, designed to help...

COVID-19: Ventilator manufacturers unite to form training alliance

Several of the world’s ventilator manufacturers have formed a Ventilator Training Alliance (VTA) in partnership with Allego to create a mobile app that frontline...

Dispatches from the vascular front: Early steps beyond COVID-19 peak in...

If Seattle and the broader state of Washington provided the vascular care blueprint for how to proceed once the COVID-19 pandemic started to spread...

Dispatches from the vascular front: Consequences of COVID-19 on a Florida...

The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have landed like a sledgehammer on vascular surgery, reducing much of practice to a standstill. For those in...

SVS needs assessment survey: Evaluating impact of COVID-19 on vascular surgery

The COVID-19 pandemic has stressed the healthcare workforce with unprecedented challenges, the like of which has not been experienced in a century. In response,...

SVS remains nimble in face of spreading pandemic, pivots to member...

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) started 2020 with plans intensifying for the Vascular Research Initiatives Conference (VRIC) in May, the Vascular Annual Meeting...

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

In a brief report in the Annals of Internal Medicine, Seongman Bae, MD, of the Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine,...

Dispatches from the vascular front: A view of COVID-19’s impact on...

Sharif Ellozy, MD, has had just about as near to a front row seat as it gets to the part of the United States...

SVS Wellness Task Force launches COVID-19 member survey

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Wellness Task Force has launched an anonymous member survey in a bid to better support vascular surgeons as...

New COVID-19-focused vascular registry gains IRB approval

A new vascular surgery registry launched to leverage key data gathered in the thick of the COVID-19 pandemic—and aimed at helping prepare for the...

Official: SVS cancels VAM

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) has officially pulled the plug on the 2020 Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) scheduled to take place in Toronto...

Leadership figures ruminate on redeployment of vascular surgeons as COVID-19 surges

It's an issue increasingly knocking on the door of program directors and section chiefs in hospitals across the country as COVID-19 cases escalate in...

COVID-19: Socially distant yet never closer

We certainly live in interesting times—times in which social distancing has literally become the new normal. COVID-19 came to the United States quietly and...

Of moral distress, coronavirus and implications for burnout

Moral distress has been described as “as a phenomenon in which one knows the right action to take but is constrained from taking it.”1...

Vascular surgeons discuss COVID-19 impact on pregnancy, family, career

The devastating effects of the novel coronavirus pandemic are multifarious and far-reaching, touching both life and limb themselves as well as less tangible aspects...

CMSS urges strong action ‘to ensure safer working conditions’ for frontline...

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

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...

Update on VAM 2020 issued by SVS

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) has placed members on notice that the Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) slated for June 17–20 in Toronto looks...

Call for older physicians to be protected from COVID-19

Hospitals and government health departments should give careful consideration to the protection of older physicians and nurses in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic,...

CMS announces temporary waivers that include expansion of telehealth coverage

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a series of temporary regulatory waivers and new rules designed to help the U.S....

‘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 given a robust airing during a Society for...

SVS builds COVID-19 resource page for members

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) understands this is a very trying time for its members and hopes to provide help through various resources....

COVID-19 special: How to be a doctor at the end of...

Vascular Specialist medical editor Malachi Sheahan III, MD, is no stranger to national and international emergencies—from New York City during both the 1990s AIDS...

Integrity of clinical trials should be ‘preserved’ in face of COVID-19

Efforts and resources should be directed toward continuing randomized clinical trials in spite of the specter of the coronavirus pandemic. This is because of...

Vascular surgeons will survive these ‘troubled waters,’ says SVS president

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) is a "solidly built bridge" across the troubled waters of the coronavirus pandemic, president Kim Hodgson, MD, today...

Prominent Seattle hospital issues COVID-19 clinical practice guidelines for vascular surgery

A prominent hospital operating on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic in Washington state has released a set of clinical practice guidelines for vascular...

Physician-developed respirator device offers one possible solution to PPE shortages

Surgeons and other healthcare professionals aren’t hanging around waiting for depleted personal protective equipment (PPE) to be replenished. Amid COVID-19-related shortages, ingenuity, creativity and...

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...

National emergency loosens restrictions on use of telemedicine, says VESS secretary

Performance of telemedicine has been made easier and more accessible after regulations and limitations on its use were waived in the wake of the...

VESS: Vascular surgeons urged to avoid admissions not ‘immediate’ threat to...

Vascular surgeons have been urged to support the health of the entire U.S. population “by immediately reducing resource expenditure, avoiding all surgical admissions unless...

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

SEATTLE—We live in unprecedented times. On Jan. 19, patient zero arrived in the United States at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport after returning from a visit...