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.

Our objectives

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.