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National network of vascular surgery units will improve patient outcomes, says NHS Improvement

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k993 (Published 01 March 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k993
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. London

More patients will receive urgent surgery sooner by implementing a vascular networks model across the NHS in England, a report has said.1

The model would save lives by reducing the likelihood of patients having life threatening strokes, transient ischaemic attacks, aortic aneurysm ruptures, and arterial blockages, said the report from NHS Improvement’s Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme.

Seventy NHS trusts in England conduct vascular surgery and many of these already collaborate within a local network. However, there is no standard …

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