The Society for Vascular Surgery Objective Performance Goals for Critical Limb Ischemia are attainable in select patients with ischemic wounds managed with wound care alone.

Annals of Vascular Surgery
Jason R CrownerKatharine L McGinigle


To set therapeutic benchmarks, in 2009 the Society for Vascular Surgery defined objective performance goals (OPG) for treatment of patients with chronic limb threatening ischemia (CLTI) with either open surgical bypass or endovascular intervention. The goal of these OPGs are to set standards of care from a revascularization standpoint and to provide performance benchmarks for 1 year patency rates for new endovascular therapies. While OPGs are useful in this regard, a critical decision point in the treatment of patients with CLTI is determining when revascularization is necessary. There is little guidance in the comprehensive treatment of this patient population, especially in the nonoperative cohort. Guidelines are needed for the CLTI patient population as a whole and not just those revascularized, and our aim was to assess whether CLTI OPGs could be attained with nonoperative management alone. Our cohort included patients with an incident diagnosis of CLTI (by hemodynamic and symptomatic criteria) at our institution from 2013-2017. The primary outcome measured was mortality. Secondary outcomes were limb loss and failure of amputation-free survival. Descriptive statistics were used to define the 2 groups - patients undergoing p...Continue Reading


Jul 17, 2019·Vascular Health and Risk Management·Steve DuffJames T Hasegawa

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