Vascular surgery clinical quality indicators
The clinical quality indicators for vascular surgery are:
Aortic aneurysm repair survival
This is the clinical quality indicator for the mortality rate following elective infra-renal aortic aneurysm repair. Lower is better.
These are unadjusted for case-mix or method of repair (open or endovascular)
In the last 5 years, mortality in the UK associated with elective abdominal aneurysm repair has improved markedly, led by the Vascular Society which set a goal to reduce mortality to below 3.5% by 2014.
The introduction of the NHS Abdominal Aortic Screening programme over the last few years across the UK has made excellent outcomes even more important.
We aim to have a mortality rate below the 'achievable' rate of 6% set by the NHS Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Programme.
Comment on current performance
Our mortality rate 2008-10 of 3.7% was above the national average, but within the 'achieveable' standard set by the national screening programme.
Source: National Vascular Database, March 2012.