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Global Vascular Guidelines
The Global Vascular Guidelines (GVG™)
In 2014, the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS), the European Society for Vascular Surgery (ESVS), and the World Federation of Vascular Societies (WFVS) joined forces to create a new global consortium for clinical practice guidelines in vascular disease. The GVG™ initial project is a guideline on the evaluation and management of chronic limb threatening ischemia (CLTI).
About the GVG™ CLTI Guideline
The guideline aims to establish a new patient-centered, evidence-based framework for clinical decision making in patients with chronic limb threatening ischemia (CLTI). It has been jointly published as a supplement of the Journal of Vascular Surgery and European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery.
The guideline contains the following chapters:
Definitions and nomenclature
Global epidemiology and risk factors for CLTI
Diagnosis and limb staging in CLT
Medical management of the patient with CLTI
The Global Limb Anatomical Staging System (GLASS) for CLTI
Strategies for revascularization in CLTI
Non-revascularization treatments of the limb
Biologic and regenerative medicine approaches in CLTI
The role of minor and major amputations
Post-procedural care and surveillance following infrainguinal revascularization for CLTI
Study designs and trial endpoints in CLTI
Creating a Center of Excellence for Amputation Prevention
Funding for the development of the GVG™ CLTI Guideline is provided by the sponsoring professional societies. A transparent conflict of interest (COI) policy includes full disclosures; a majority of writing group members must be free of any industry income.
Evidence reviews are prepared by an independent academic support group. The GRADE system is used to define both the strength of the recommendation and the level of evidence.
Prof. Andrew Bradbury, MBA, MD, London, UK
Michael S. Conte, MD, San Francisco, CA
Prof. Philippe Kolh, MD, PhD, Liege, Belgium
Steering Committee Members
Florian Dick, MD, Berne, Switzerland
Prof. Robert Fitridge, MBBS, FRACS, Adelaide, Australia
Joseph Mills, MD, Houston, TX
Prof. Jean-Baptiste Ricco, MD, PhD, Poitiers, France
Kal R. Suresh MD, FACS, Bangalore, India
John White, MD, Chicago, IL