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Virtual Vascular: Gathering Pace

Published:September 13, 2021DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejvs.2021.07.006
      One year on from its launch,
      • Bjorck M.
      • Debus S.
      • Earnshaw J.J.
      The vascular textbook is dead: long live Virtual Vascular.
      thanks to a fantastic response from our authors, the Virtual Vascular e-textbook is starting to take shape, and now includes 15 completed chapters online (Table 1). The chapters cover a range of different topics in vascular surgery, and each is a brilliant resource for both trainees and established surgeons alike. Madina Lapeyre has done an amazing job collating all the chapters and preparing them for publishing online. The chapters link with other resources on the European Society for Vascular Surgery (ESVS) e-library, including educational videos, and also with ESVS guidelines.
      • Naylor A.R.
      • Ricco J.-B.
      • de Borst G.J.
      • Debus S.
      • de Haro J.
      • Halliday A.
      • et al.
      Editor's Choice – Management of atherosclerotic carotid and vertebral artery disease: 2017 clinical practice guidelines of the European Society for Vascular Surgery (ESVS).
      • Wanhainen A.
      • Verzini F.
      • Van Herzeele I.
      • Allaire E.
      • Bown M.
      • Cohnert T.
      • et al.
      European Society for Vascular Surgery (ESVS) 2019 clinical practice guidelines on the management of abdominal aorto-iliac artery aneurysms.
      • Conte M.S.
      • Bradbury A.W.
      • Kohl P.
      • White J.V.
      • Dick F.
      • Fitridge R.
      • et al.
      Global vascular guidelines on the management of chronic limb-threatening ischemia.
      • Björck M.
      • Earnshaw J.J.
      • Acosta S.
      • Bastos Gonçalves F.
      • Cochennec F.
      • Debus E.S.
      • et al.
      European Society for Vascular Surgery (ESVS) 2020 clinical practice guidelines on the management of acute limb ischaemia.
      • Kakkos S.K.
      • Gohel M.
      • Baekgaard N.
      • Bauersachs R.
      • Bellmunt-Montoya S.
      • Black S.A.
      • et al.
      European Society for Vascular Surgery (ESVS) 2021 clinical practice guidelines on the management of venous thrombosis.
      The intention is to continue to add one or two new chapters each month until Virtual Vascular is complete, scheduled to be 2023. Please visit the site on the ESVS e-platform and take the opportunity to rate the chapters that have been published online.
      Table 1Published chapters in Virtual Vascular in July 2021
      Medical treatments to limit aneurysm progression and reduce the risk of major adverse events in patients with AAA

      Jonathan Golledge and Tejas P Singh
      Standard endovascular repair for intact and ruptured infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysm

      Isabelle Van Herzeele, Nathalie Moreels and Frank Vermassen
      Open repair for abdominal aortic aneurysm

      Alexandra Gratl and Sabine Wipper
      Abdominal compartment syndrome

      Martin Björck
      Atherosclerosis and vascular biology

      Janet Powell
      Asymptomatic carotid stenosis

      Christoph Knappich and Hans Henning Eckstein
      Symptomatic carotid stenosis

      A. Ross Naylor
      Acute carotid syndrome

      E. Sebastian Debus and Reinhart T. Grundmann
      Dialysis access surgery

      Ulf Hedin and Anton Razuvajev
      Quality improvement in treating peripheral arterial occlusive disease

      Christian-Alexander Behrendt and Kevin Mani
      Management of the diabetic foot

      Natasha Chinai and Rob Hinchliffe
      Medical therapy and follow up in patients with lower extremity arterial disease

      Maarit Venermo
      A history of surgery for acute leg ischaemia

      Jonothan Earnshaw
      Interventions for varicose veins

      Joel Sousa and Armando Mansilha
      Acute deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism

      Stavros Kakkos, Andrew Nicolaides and Rupert Bauersachs
      Each chapter is promoted through social media, and ESVS members should receive emails giving details as they go live online. Most have an associated podcast where the authors discuss their chapters and give extra insights. These are widely advertised and should be available in multiple formats. If you want to hear more, please follow @virtualvascular on social media. We are planning to start a virtual community around Virtual Vascular with regular monthly podcasts highlighting the contents as they are published and offering other surgical insights. These will be masterminded by our social media team: Egle Kavaliunaite and Petar Zlatanovic.
      Thoughts are now starting to turn to how to ensure that Virtual Vascular remains as up to date as possible. There will be a continuing programme of chapter review and updating (where necessary), so the e-textbook is always current. Existing chapters may be expanded where new information or technology become available. Additional chapters may be commissioned to broaden the spectrum covered. The editors would appreciate comments and advice about how this process should be structured. We are considering appointing a team of ESVS vascular specialists to help us, like an editorial board of a journal. Each member of the Virtual Vascular board would be responsible for reviewing half a dozen chapters each year, rating them, and making suggestions about possible improvements. The editorial board may also be a place where future editors start to become familiar with the processes of Virtual Vascular. The current editors would welcome comments about these proposals.
      The editors of Virtual Vascular (Fig. 1) would like to take the opportunity to thank the ESVS and its members for the support and encouragement we have received during its first twelve months. With your continued enthusiasm, we are building an enduring educational resource for everyone who manages patients with vascular disease.

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