Team-Based Care in Patients with Chronic Limb-Threatening Ischemia

Curr Cardiol Rep. 2022 Mar;24(3):217-223. doi: 10.1007/s11886-022-01643-2. Epub 2022 Feb 7.


Purpose of review: Team-based care has been proposed as a tool to improve health care delivery, especially for the treatment of complex medical conditions. Chronic limb-threatening ischemia (CLTI) is a complex disease associated with significant morbidity and mortality which often involves the care of multiple specialty providers. Coordination of efforts across the multiple physician specialists, nurses, wound care specialists, and administrators is essential to providing high-quality and efficient care. The aim of this review is to discuss the multiple facets of care of the CLTI patient and to describe components important for a team-based care approach.

Recent findings: Observational studies have reported improved outcomes when using a team-based care approach in the care of the patients with CLTI, including reduction in mean wound healing times, decreasing rate of amputations, and readmissions. Team-based care can streamline care of CLTI patients by raising awareness, facilitating early recognition, and providing prompt vascular assessment, revascularization, and surveillance. This approach has the potential to improve patient outcomes and reduce downstream health care costs.

Keywords: Chronic limb-threatening ischemia; Peripheral arterial disease; Team-based care.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Amputation, Surgical
  • Chronic Limb-Threatening Ischemia*
  • Humans
  • Ischemia* / surgery
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Vascular Surgical Procedures