Research Priorities

About research priority setting in vascular anaesthesia

Questions arising out of the National Exercise relevant to the VASGBI:

  • Can regional anaesthesia safely be performed on patients taking clopidogrel and similar antiplatelet agents?
  • Do volatile anaesthetic agents protect the heart from ischaemia and if so do they produce a clinically relevant reduction in perioperative myocardial events?
  • What is the best method to reduce intraoperative blood loss and transfusion?
  • Does a “blood product package” improve outcome for major haemorrhage in vascular surgery.
  • Reduction in phantom limb pain – are there any possible post-operative drugs or techniques?
  • Does haemodynamic optimisation prior to major surgery improve outcome?
  • Does maintaining perioperative blood pressure at preoperative levels improve outcome?

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