Western Vascular Society guidelines for transfer of patients with ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm

Matthew Mell, Benjamin W. Starnes, Larry W. Kraiss, Peter A. Schneider, William C Pevec

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Abstract

Introduction When a patient with ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm (rAAA) presents at a facility ill-equipped to provide care, transfer may provide the best chance for survival. Large distances and long travel times provide challenging barriers to prompt and appropriate care in the western United States. Methods The Western Vascular Society (WVS) adopted a set of guidelines in considering transfer of a patient with an rAAA using published literature, membership survey and input, and existing recommendations. This article reports the guidelines and describes the process and rationale behind their development. Results Fifteen guidelines for transfer and care of rAAAs were endorsed by the WVS. Conclusions When local care cannot be provided, transfer guidelines may standardize care for rAAAs and may be applicable across may practice settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)603-608
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Vascular Surgery
Volume65
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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