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Aortic Dissection Care is Transforming: Implications for Primary Care

Aortic Dissection Care is Transforming: Implications for Primary Care

The Aortic Dissection Charitable Trust, following discussions and collaboration with the Department of Health and Social Care & NHS England, has recently received approval for an innovative Elective Aortic Dissection Toolkit. This toolkit aims to significantly improve patient outcomes by introducing specialised teams and offering genetic screening for those at risk.

Why is this relevant for primary care practitioners? The toolkit's guidelines will include standardised genetic screening protocols, which could become an integral part of preventative care in general practice. Such early-stage screenings can help identify at-risk individuals who may benefit from prophylactic interventions, enabling primary care providers to take timely action.

Moreover, the toolkit recommends the involvement of specialist nurses for more consistent and holistic follow-up. These nurses could serve as liaisons between the primary and specialist care sectors, facilitating better continuity of care for aortic dissection patients in the community setting.

This advancement aligns with the PCCS's objectives of enhancing cardiovascular health in primary care and promoting best practice through education and service development. For more details on this important development and how you can be involved, read the full article here.

The PCCS is proud to maintain its collaborative relationship with the Aortic Dissection Charitable Trust. Our joint contributions include the creation of the Aortic Dissection Field Guide for Primary Care and its associated video resources. More recently, we co-hosted a webinar for the South London Cardiovascular Network. We continue to work together in equipping healthcare professionals with the vital tools and insights needed for effective aortic dissection care.


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