November is National Diabetes Month. The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) has many resources to help its members educate their patients and families and reach out to referring podiatrists and other providers. Members can customize many of the resources with their own contact and practice information, photos, and logos.
Materials include SVS Foundation patient fliers on diabetes, peripheral arterial disease (PAD), carotid artery disease and overall vascular disease. These are available in both English and Spanish and can be downloaded instantly to hand out to patients.
The SVS Diabetes and Vascular Disease page at vsweb.org/YourDiabetes offers several resources for patients, families and physicians. Materials from the SVS Branding Toolkit, exclusively available to members, can also be put to use.
“The incidence of diabetes has grown exponentially in recent years, affecting more than 382 million people worldwide. It is one of the leading causes of chronic disease and limb loss, and many of our members frequently care for patients with diabetes,” said Benjamin Pearce, MD, chair of the Public and Professional Outreach Committee, which leads the SVS branding initiative. “Let’s educate our patients and prospective patients. Let’s let our referring physicians and other providers know we can be valuable additions to patients’ care teams.”
The Branding Toolkit was created specifically for members’ use and benefit, he added. “Use the toolkit—and all our SVS resources—to help your patients and your practices.” Visit vsweb.org/branding for more information on branding resources. Visit vsweb.org/VascularFliers for the SVS Foundation patient education fliers.