Our Vascular Institute participated in this screening project. It was
a national project sponsored by the Society of Cardiovascular and
Interventional Radiology (SCVIR). Surgeons, vascular radiologists,
technologists (both vascular and from radiology), and nurses
This was designed as a community service program to screen for PVD.
At our site, either a nurse or technologist performed a brief patient
interview to get a few details of medical history and symptoms. Ankle
and brachial pressures were recorded bilaterally and an ABI
calculated. A physician then spoke with the patient regarding their
results. The patient was given one of three recommendations:
1)"no/low risk for PVD"; 2)"moderate risk factors and/or physiologic
finding to suggest moderate PVD. Please discuss this with your
personal physician at your next appointment"; or 3)"high risk for PVD.
Please make an immediate appointment with your personal physician."
If the patient gave us the name of their primary care physician, they
also will receive a copy of these screening results.
It was completely free for the patient. In addition, we distributed
informational brochures about PVD, smoking cessation, foot care,
heart-healthy diets, etc. We had 204 patients and it appeared to be
well received by all. I am not sure nationally about the statistics
but could share then with you when I find out.
We all realize that ABI's certainly tell only a very small part of the
story. This is why the physicians also did a brief review of the
patient's risk factors and symptoms.
I think SCVIR is planning to make this an annual event. If you want
more info their web site is www.scvir.org.
Ann Marie Kupinski
Karmody Vascular Laboratory
Albany Medical Center
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Subject: free vascular screenings
Author: UVM Flownet <[log in to unmask]> at Internet-Mail
Date: 9/17/99 9:13 PM
Just something to add to the mix!
The New York Times yesterday had a short article describing a national
campaign being organized utilizing 500 hospitals and other health care
centers. Sites are listed on the www at www.legsforlife.org
The article mentions ABI's and questionaires, but no sonograms!
The whole thing is FREE!
29+0+wAAA+vascular">Vital Signs: Leg Pains, Bad Veins and Free Screenings</A>
Diana Ross, RT, RDMS