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Issue 4 | Winter 2016

 
As 2016 draws to an end, Cochrane Vascular sends a huge thanks to all our editors, authors and referees for dedicating precious time and effort to help provide the best evidence for the prevention and treatment of arterial and venous diseases.  Read on for details of publications since our last newsletter.  Visit our website to see all our reviews as well as pages detailing guidelines citing our reviews and reviews that have been translated.

News

Considering presenting your review as a poster? Cochrane Community has templates to help.  There is also a short video to walk you through the steps. Once you’ve created your poster, share it! Take a picture beside your poster at the conference and share it on social media with the conference hashtag and @CochraneVasc. We would love to post it on our website as a news item!

Essential resources

Keep on top of the recent changes in Cochrane policies by visiting our essential resource portal. If you are authoring a protocol we suggest you watch this very helpful webinar which discusses each section in turn and highlights common mistakes. New resources to help assess for GRADE and create your 'Summary of findings' table can be found here.  A revised edition of the Style Guide is also available now.

Getting ready to create a 'Summary of findings' table for your review or update? Video clips to help you assess and present the quality of evidence in a 'Summary of findings' table can be viewed here.
 
The devil is in the detail.  For a refresher on the importance of allocation concealment in addition to randomisation in clinical trials - read this blog by Students 4 Best Evidence
See below for details of the five updates, nine reviews, and four protocols published since July. Thank you for all the hard work by authors, editors and referees who have made this possible and to all those currently writing. 
Updated reviews

Primary prophylaxis for venous thromboembolism in ambulatory cancer patients receiving chemotherapy
Di Nisio M, Porreca E, Candeloro M, De Tursi M, Russi I, Rutjes AWS

Subintimal angioplasty for lower limb arterial chronic total occlusions
ZhiHui Chang, JiaHe Zheng, ZhaoYu Liu

Thrombolysis for acute deep vein thrombosis
Lorna Watson, Cathryn Broderick, Matthew P Armon

Compression stockings for preventing deep vein thrombosis in airline passengers
Mike J Clarke, Cathryn Broderick, Sally Hopewell, Ed Juszczak, Anne Eisinga

Combined intermittent pneumatic leg compression and pharmacological prophylaxis for prevention of venous thromboembolism
Stavros K Kakkos, Joseph A Caprini, George Geroulakos, Andrew N Nicolaides, Gerard Stansby, Daniel J Reddy, Ioannis Ntouvas

New reviews

Physical exercise for the treatment of non-ulcerated chronic venous insufficiency
Araujo DN, Ribeiro CTD, Maciel ACC, Bruno SS, Fregonezi GAF, Dias FAL

Endovenous ablation therapy (laser or radiofrequency) or foam sclerotherapy versus conventional surgical repair for short saphenous varicose veins
Sharath Chandra Vikram Paravastu, Margaret Horne, P Dominic F Dodd

Pharmacomechanical thrombectomy for iliofemoral deep vein thrombosis
Lindsay Robertson, Olivia McBride, Anne Burdess

Pentasaccharides for the prevention of venous thromboembolism
Kezhou Dong, Yanzhi Song, Xiaodong Li, Jie Ding, Zhiyong Gao, Daopei Lu, Yimin Zhu

Ankle brachial index for the diagnosis of lower limb peripheral arterial disease
Fay Crawford, Karen Welch, Alina Andras, Francesca M Chappell

Venous cutdown versus the Seldinger technique for placement of totally implantable venous access ports
Charlie C‐T Hsu, Gigi NC Kwan, Hannah Evans‐Barns, John A Rophael, Mieke L van Driel

Intravenous heparin during ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysmal repair
Simon Lammy, James P Blackmur, Jeremy MT Perkins

D‐dimer test for excluding the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism
Fay Crawford, Alina Andras, Karen Welch, Karen Sheares, David Keeling, Francesca M Chappell

Drug‐eluting balloon angioplasty versus uncoated balloon angioplasty for peripheral arterial disease of the lower limbs
Ahmed Kayssi, Talal Al‐Atassi, George Oreopoulos, Graham Roche‐Nagle, Kong Teng Tan, Dheeraj K Rajan

Protocols

TNF-α blockers for the treatment of Kawasaki disease in children
Shoda T, Ishitsuka K, Kobayashi T, Ota E, Mori R


D-Dimer tests for the diagnosis of deep venous thrombosis in symptomatic hospital outpatients with a clinical prediction rule
Chappell FM, Andras A, Welch K, Di Nisio M, Robertson L, Stewart M, Crawford F.

Antiplatelet agents for the treatment of deep venous thrombosis 
Flumignan CDQ, Flumignan RLG, Baptista-Silva JCC

Laparoscopic surgery for abdominal aortic aneurysm
Lindsay Robertson, Sandip Nandhra
Seasons Greetings from Cochrane Vascular - wishing all our members a peaceful 2017!

Editorial base

Co-ordinating Editors
Professor Jackie Price
Professor Gerry Stansby


Managing Editor
Dr Marlene Stewart

Information Specialist
Dr Karen Welch

Assistant Managing Editor
Dr Cathryn Broderick

Administration
Mrs Evelyn Crooks
Mrs Elsbeth Hamilton


Feedback Editor Professor Julie Brittenden
Statistical Editor Professor Steff Lewis
Statistician Dr Catriona Keerie
Editors
Mr Paul Bachoo
Professor John Fletcher
Professor William Hiatt
Dr Stavros Kakkos
Professor Jos Kleijnen
Mrs Heather Maxwell
Dr Saskia Middeldorp
Professor Greg Moneta
Professor Martin Prins
Mr Paul Tisi
Dr Stewart Walsh
Dr Lorna Watson

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