Clinical Guidelines and Reporting Standards

The Society for Vascular Surgery offers several different types of clinical practice documents and tools to assist our members and the healthcare industry.

Clinical Practice Guidelines

The Society's guidelines evaluate the evidence in the scientific literature, assess the likely benefits and harms of a particular treatment, and enable healthcare providers to select the best care for a unique patient based on his or her preferences. The Society develops clinical practice guidelines to aid its members and their patients in the decision-making process.  Access the guidelines

Translating Guidelines Into Clinical Practice 


In the fall of 2022, expert moderators and panelists came together to host a series of interactive roundtables addressing how to incorporate the Global Vascular Guidelines on the Management of Patients with CLTI into practice. The three sessions are helpful in expanding physician knowledge base and improving clinical confidence and effectiveness in treating patients with CLTI. 

Varicose Veins

Varicose Vein experts hosted an interactive session addressing diagnostic evaluation of patients with varicose veins, using duplex scanning to confirm pathologic superficial truncal reflux. The session also covered compression therapy, and open surgical and percutaneous endovenous therapies for lower extremity varicosities, including thermal and non-thermal ablations of the great, small and accessory saphenous veins. The treatment of perforating veins and the concomitant treatment of varicose tributaries with sclerotherapy or mini-phlebectomy were also be discussed. 

Part 1

Part 2

Structured Decision-Making in the CLTI Patient: Understanding the PLAN 

This session will help expand physicians’ knowledge base and improve clinical confidence and effectiveness in treating patients with CLTI. The focus of this webinar will be to review the patient PLAN algorithm based on the Global Vascular Guidelines in CLTI. The importance of staging to guide the course of treatment and potential alterations in the treatment plan will be reviewed. The use of the VQI, WIfI, and GLASS applications to facilitate evidence-based decision-making for CLTI patients will be reviewed.

Case presentations will illustrate how to practically use the PLAN approach in specific clinical scenarios. Watch Now

Multi-specialty Consensus Documents

The Society occasionally participates in Multi-specialty Consensus Documents with external organizations. 

Reporting Standards

Reporting standards are intended to provide uniformity of definitions and classifications for comparative purposes. They are instructive on how to report information from clinical studies in a consistent manner to make it easy for the reader to compare results. 

Credentialing Resources 

Find papers and information on vascular credentialing and clinical competencies. 

Best Practices

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