From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, June 22, 2012

Editor's note: This feature is written by nursing professional development expert Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN. Each week, Adrianne writes about an important issue in the area of professional development or answers reader questions. If you have a question for Adrianne, e-mail her at

Online resources for teaching about peripheral arterial disease
For the past few weeks I have provided information about various topics that are relevant to nurse professional development (NPD) practices. As I have mentioned on several occasions, NPD specialists are often so busy that searching for relevant resources when planning education can seem like an overwhelming task.

I was browsing through a number of older copies of journals prior to recycling and came across an article in Nursing2008 ("Online support for patients with peripheral arterial disease" from the Infobytes section, 38(12), 23) that provided online resources for patients with vascular disease. Several of these resources continue to be sources of helpful information for consumers and healthcare professionals alike. Vascular disease is such a common problem and part of many disorders so I thought I would provide some online addresses and information about each source. I hope you find this helpful.

  • The Vascular Disease Foundation ( was established in 1998 and is the only multidisciplinary national public non-profit organization focused on vascular disease. Its mission is to "improve health for all by reducing death and disability from vascular disease." The site contains information about education and prevention, resources and support, and links to various coalitions that focus on specific aspects of vascular disease.
  • PAD (peripheral arterial disease) Coalition ( is a coalition of the Vascular Disease Foundation. This coalition offers specific information about PAD, resources pertaining to PAD, and links to specific PAD diseases such as abdominal aortic aneurysm, carotid artery disease, and Raynaud's disease.
  • Venous Disease Coalition (VDC) ( is a coalition of the Vascular Disease Foundation. This coalition offers information specific to vascular diseases such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and chronic venous disease.
  • Stay in Circulation ( is sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. It provides information about PAD, videos about the topic, and education materials.
  • Vascular Web ( This site is sponsored by the Society for Vascular Surgery, which is a not-for-profit professional medical society, composed primarily of vascular surgeons. Its purpose is to advance excellence and innovation in vascular health via education, advocacy, research, and public awareness. The Vascular Web site provides information on the diagnosis and treatment of PAD and a listing of vascular screening events in various geographic locations.

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