Peripheral arterial disease assessment training tool

Br J Cardiol 2018;25:131–132 Leave a comment
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Clinicians who use handheld devices to ‘listen’ to the blood flow in patients’ lower limbs now have an online teaching aid that will improve their diagnostic skills in this area.

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The aid has been created by University of Huddersfield podiatry lecturer, Mr Andrew Sharpe, who has compiled a digital library of the varied sounds that can be picked up during the Doppler ultrasound procedure. Visitors to his website http://pad-database.co.uk/ can hear the sounds, which are accompanied by case histories and the information that clinicians need to make a peripheral arterial disease assessment.

A team of experts – a vascular nurse, vascular podiatrist and vascular sonographer – also provide case-by-case conclusions and explain how they would proceed on the website.

“The basic premise is that sound waves do not provide a standalone assessment. You use them alongside other assessments,” said Mr Sharpe, who has been awarded £10,000 for his project by the Urgo Foundation, which funds innovative medical research.

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