28 Mar 2019

Virtual reality immerses physicians in AVLS education offerings

By Ron Seybold The American Vein and Lymphatic Society is launching a new project to use immersive virtual reality (VR) technology for its educational courses. The educational an array of venous medicine techniques. VR has started to make it possible to gain a better view than ever of fundamental and cutting-edge

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28 Mar 2019

Covidien kickback scheme draws $17.4 million fine

Covidien LP, the developer and promoter of radiofrequency vein ablation, has agreed to pay $17,477,947 to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by providing free or discounted practice development and market development support to physicians located in California and Florida to induce purchases of Covidien’s vein ablation

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28 Mar 2019

IAC accreditation changes comment deadline is April 15

  In keeping with the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission’s continued commitment to streamlining and simplifying the accreditation process, the organization has opened public comment on proposed changes to the “IAC Standards & Guidelines for Vascular Testing Accreditation.” Deadline is April 15. While many of the changes simply clarify techniques or document elements

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28 Mar 2019

IAC research proposal deadline is April 15

  The IAC Research Committee seeks to support innoative and meritorious research relevant to accreditation and quality improvement through its annual IAC Research Award Program. Interested individuals are encouraged to submit proposals that advance the IAC Research Committee’s mission of “Strengthening Accreditation through Research.” Different for 2019, the IAC Research

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28 Mar 2019

Register now to improve your venous ultrasound practice April 6 in Chicago

  The April 6 RPhS Review Course will cover everything you need to improve your clinical competence related to the role of duplex ultrasound in the treatment of venous diseases and prepare you for the RPhS Certification Exam. Save up to $100 by Pre-Registering! Register Now   “The Registered Phlebology

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28 Mar 2019

FDA evaluating stents, balloons with paclitaxel coating following JAHA evaluation

A December study in The Journal of the American Heart Association by Konstantinos Katsanos, MD, of Rion, Greece, et al, reported a higher risk of death after balloons and stents used to open vessels in the legs were coated with an anti-inflammatory chemo agent called paclitaxel. “Further investigations are urgently

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28 Mar 2019

Judge accepts Medtronic plea settling ev3 case

A federal judge in Boston accepted a plea deal from Medtronic neurovascular subsidiary ev3 in an off-label marketing case, according to court documents released at the end of January. U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith Dein granted the motion, which included the forfeiture of $6 million and an additional $11.9 million in

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28 Mar 2019

DU STUDIES ILIOCAVAL STENT

DU STUDIES ILIOCAVAL STENT Duplex Ultrasound improves treatment of femoro-iliocaval occlusive venous disease   By Jan M. Sloves, RVT and Jose I Almeida, MD   The last two decades have witnessed a great increase in stent treatment for femoro-iliocaval occlusive venous disease. We know from previous reports that the major

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15 Mar 2019

AVLS HOSTS Virtual Reality-BASED COURSE ON SCLEROTHERAPY

The American Vein & Lymphatic Society is offering a full day course on sclerotherapy featuring its new virtual reality hands-on training. The sclerotherapy course will be offered at 8 a.m. April 6 at the Sheraton Suites Chicago O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois.             Register at phleboloy.org.

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14 Mar 2019

STAINING MAY OCCUR AFTER SCLEROTHERAPY

    By Ronald F. Bush, MD, FACS and Peggy Bush, APRN Staining (hemosiderin deposition) after sclerotherapy is not infrequent. Staining results from trapped blood that occurs after sclerotherapy injections or red cell extravasation. All vessels will clot to some degree unless methods are taken to minimize clotting at the

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