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December 1972

Optimal Resources for Vascular Surgery

Author Affiliations

Rochester, NY; San Francisco; Nashville, Tenn
The authors comprise the Committee on Vascular Surgery of the Inter-Society Commission for Heart Disease Resources, Irving S. Wright, MD, national chairman, and Donald T. Fredrickson, MD, project director, 44 E 23rd St, New York 10010. Dr. DeWeese is affiliated with University of Rochester (NY) Medical Center; Dr.; Blaisdell is with the University of California, San Francisco; and Dr. Foster is with Vanderbilt Medical School, Nashville.

Arch Surg. 1972;105(6):948-961. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1972.04180120123022

Under the auspices of the American Heart Association, a Committee on Vascular Surgery reports on minimum and ideal standards. Foremost among many recommendations are the following: (1) That a surgeon performing arterial reconstructions be Board qualified and have major responsibility for the performance of at least 40 reconstructions during 24 months' training. (2) That in order to maintain proficiency, he should perform a minimum of 30 arterial reconstructions yearly. (3) That the American Board of Surgery and/or the American Board of Thoracic Surgery accept responsibility for certification of vascular surgeons. (4) That certain vascular operations not be performed unless ancillary services such as intensive care units, operating room radiology, renal dialysis, and neurologic and nephrologic consultation be available. (5) That vascular surgeons keep standardized and detailed records so that their work may be readily judged by its results.

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