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Supervised Exercise Therapy for Intermittent Claudication: A Propensity Score Matched Analysis of Retrospective Data on Long Term Cardiovascular Outcomes (2023)
Journal Article
Ravindhran, B., Lim, A. J., Kurian, T., Walshaw, J., Hitchman, L. H., Lathan, R., …Pymer, S. (in press). Supervised Exercise Therapy for Intermittent Claudication: A Propensity Score Matched Analysis of Retrospective Data on Long Term Cardiovascular Outcomes. European journal of vascular and endovascular surgery : the official journal of the European Society for Vascular Surgery, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejvs.2023.11.040

Objective: This study aimed to explore the long term outcomes of patients with intermittent claudication (IC) who completed supervised exercise therapy (SET) vs. those who declined or prematurely discontinued SET, focusing on the incidence of chronic... Read More about Supervised Exercise Therapy for Intermittent Claudication: A Propensity Score Matched Analysis of Retrospective Data on Long Term Cardiovascular Outcomes.

PRESS survey: PREvention of surgical site infection—a global pan-specialty survey of practice protocol (2023)
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Heinz, J., Walshaw, J., Kwan, J. Y., Long, J., Carradice, D., Totty, J., …Yiasemidou, M. (2023). PRESS survey: PREvention of surgical site infection—a global pan-specialty survey of practice protocol. Frontiers in Surgery, 10, Article 1251444. https://doi.org/10.3389/fsurg.2023.1251444

Background: Surgical site infections (SSI) complicate up to 40% of surgical procedures, leading to increased patient morbidity and mortality. Previous research identified disparities in SSI prevention guidelines and clinical practices across differen... Read More about PRESS survey: PREvention of surgical site infection—a global pan-specialty survey of practice protocol.

Extracorporeal shockwave therapy compared with standard care for diabetic foot ulcer healing: An updated systematic review (2022)
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Hitchman, L., Totty, J., Smith, G. E., Carradice, D., Twiddy, M., Iglesias, C., …Chetter, I. C. (2022). Extracorporeal shockwave therapy compared with standard care for diabetic foot ulcer healing: An updated systematic review. International wound journal, https://doi.org/10.1111/iwj.14035

Emerging evidence suggests that extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) may improve time to DFU healing. The aim of this review was to appraise the evidence on role of ESWT in DFU healing and impact of different ESWT doses. Databases were searched fo... Read More about Extracorporeal shockwave therapy compared with standard care for diabetic foot ulcer healing: An updated systematic review.

Provision of NICE-recommended varicose vein treatment in the NHS (2022)
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Hitchman, L., Mohamed, A., Smith, G. E., Pymer, S., Chetter, I. C., Forsyth, J., & Carradice, D. (2023). Provision of NICE-recommended varicose vein treatment in the NHS. British journal of surgery, 110(2), 225-232. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjs/znac392

BACKGROUND: Standardization of access to treatment and compliance with clinical guidelines are important to ensure the delivery of high-quality care to people with varicose veins. In the National Health Service (NHS) in England, commissioning of care... Read More about Provision of NICE-recommended varicose vein treatment in the NHS.

The DEFINITE Audit - A Prospective Audit of Diabetic Foot Debridement in Theatre: A Protocol (2022)
Journal Article
Hitchman, L. (in press). The DEFINITE Audit - A Prospective Audit of Diabetic Foot Debridement in Theatre: A Protocol. Journal of Vascular Societies Great Britain and Ireland,

Background People with diabetes are commonly affected by foot ulceration (DFU) and subsequent or concurrent infection (DFI). Surgical debridement is often needed to contain infection. Despite international guidelines, there remains significant vari... Read More about The DEFINITE Audit - A Prospective Audit of Diabetic Foot Debridement in Theatre: A Protocol.

Dosing and Efficacy of Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy for Diabetic Foot Ulcer Healing: A Systematic Review Protocol (2022)
Journal Article
Hitchman, L. (in press). Dosing and Efficacy of Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy for Diabetic Foot Ulcer Healing: A Systematic Review Protocol. Journal of Vascular Societies Great Britain and Ireland,

Abstract Background Effective interventions to improve diabetic foot ulcer (DFU) healing are urgently required. Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) has the potential to transform DFU care but is limited by uncertainties around clinical effectiv... Read More about Dosing and Efficacy of Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy for Diabetic Foot Ulcer Healing: A Systematic Review Protocol.

Research priorities in diabetic foot disease (2022)
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Collings, R., Shalhoub, J., Atkin, L., Game, F., Hitchman, L., Long, J., …Russell, D. (2022). Research priorities in diabetic foot disease. Journal of Vascular Societies Great Britain and Ireland, 1(4), 124-129. https://doi.org/10.54522/jvsgbi.2022.031

Introduction: Diabetic foot disease is a life-changing event for patients and is associated with high burdens to society in terms of cost, mortality and morbidity. The Vascular Society Diabetic Foot Specialist Interest Group (VSDFSIG), in association... Read More about Research priorities in diabetic foot disease.

Impact of COVID-19 on vascular patients worldwide: analysis of the COVIDSurg data (2021)
Journal Article
Hitchman, L., & Machin, M. (2021). Impact of COVID-19 on vascular patients worldwide: analysis of the COVIDSurg data. Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery, 62(6), 558-70. https://doi.org/10.23736/S0021-9509.21.12024-5

BACKGROUND: The COVIDSurg collaborative was an international multicenter prospective analysis of perioperative data from 235 hospitals in 24 countries. it found that perioperative COVID-19 infection was associated with a mortality rate of 24%. at the... Read More about Impact of COVID-19 on vascular patients worldwide: analysis of the COVIDSurg data.

A Mixed Methods Feasibility Study of Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy for Diabetic Foot Ulcers (2021)
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Hitchman, L., Totty, J., Lathan, R., Sidapra, M., Smith, G., Carradice, D., & Chetter, I. (2021). A Mixed Methods Feasibility Study of Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy for Diabetic Foot Ulcers. British journal of surgery, 108(supp.6), Article 1031. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjs/znab259.1127

Aim The purpose of this mixed methods feasibility study was to assess the feasibility of delivering ESWT to patients with DFUs. It also aimed to explore any potential clinical effect of ESWT on wound healing and investigate whether ESWT may offer an... Read More about A Mixed Methods Feasibility Study of Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy for Diabetic Foot Ulcers.