Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe

Vascular trauma – online course


Please note that this course is no longer CME accredited, but we are working on a new accredited version.

Authors: M. Deutschmann and A. Diamantopoulos

Reviewers: F. Deschamps, T. Jahnke, A. Krajina, G. Mauri and C. Nice

This course corresponds to chapter Vascular Trauma in the European Curriculum and Syllabus for Interventional Radiology.



An injury of a blood vessel is defined as “vascular trauma”. A primary consequence of vascular injury is haemorrhage; a secondary consequence is ischaemia. The ongoing development of endovascular equipment and techniques allows us to contribute more and more to the management of vascular trauma. Thus, IR techniques are proven to be safe and effective.

Interventional radiologists providing services for acute patients need to have the appropriate skills and knowledge to manage patients with vascular trauma. It is mandatory to have knowledge of the different ways to manage life- or organ-threatening bleeding or organ/limb-threatening ischaemia. This course provides an overview of the necessary anatomy, pathophysiology, indications, contra-indications and techniques for treatment of vascular trauma of the liver, spleen and kidneys, the pelvis, and extremities (face and neck, respectively). Information about post-procedural management and follow-up after interventions is also included.


Learning objectives

  • Understand the typical mechanism of trauma leading to vascular injuries
  • Know the typical patterns of vascular injuries
  • Know the indication for endovascular treatment of vascular injuries
  • Understand the principles of selecting an embolic agent
  • Recognise the potential role for bare and covered stents in treating traumatic vascular injuries
  • Achieve competence in the management of endovascular complications


Further information

This course covers a basic level of IR knowledge and is designed for trainees, students or young consultants aiming to acquire essential knowledge or prepare for the EBIR exam. Thereby, it is tailored to the European Curriculum and Syllabus for Interventional Radiology and corresponds to chapter Vascular Trauma.

The format of the course is interactive and easy to use, including texts, graphics, videos and a quiz to support your learning. The course duration is around one hour.

The enrolment period of this course is linked to the validity of the All-Access Pass.

Release date: March 2019