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The Vascular Society was awarded a grant from the Health Foundation to help achieve a reduction in the mortality associated with elective abdominal aortic aneurysm surgery from 7.5% to 3.5% by 2013. This was delivered through the Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Quality Improvement Programme (AAAQIP) from February 2010 to September 2012.

Whilst the programme team has moved on, the standards created and the changes introduced will continue. This website now holds standards, care pathway documents, case studies and outcomes from changes delivered regionally. This work involved many surgeons, anaesthetists, radiologists, nurses, managers and commissioners, as well as the many patients to whom we are indebted for their contributions. Please use these tools to introduce improvements in AAA care in your hospital.

A breadth of outcomes from our AAA patient focus groups and collaboration with patients throughout the programme are contained here. These include: national patient group findings, new patient information leaflets, patient stories and patient centred care pathway protocols.

The monitoring of performance will continue through the National Vascular Registry (NVR), which will replace the National Vascular Database (NVD) in late summer 2013. The NVR will contain datasets specifically focussed on measurement against standards articulated by the VSGBI, the National AAA Screening Programme and the National Commissioning Board. Reporting from the registry will form part of our continuing focus on quality improvement. The NVR will be a more intuitive system that is more focused on aiding the user to submit data and providing real time unit level reporting against national standards. For more information please contact the Vascular Society.


News from AAAQIP

AAAQIP Public Report - September 2012

Download AAAQIP Annual Report Sept 2012 The AAAQIP public report - September 2012 outlines the work undertaken throughout the AAA Quality Improvement Programme to date. It includes lessons learned, improvements and difficulties experienced and the recommendations for improved practice. This report is a valuable resource to clinicians, commissioners and patients and should be used to help to support future improvement work through the Vascular Surgery Quality Improvement Programme (VSQIP) run by the Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland. Whilst the programme team has moved on, the standards created and the changes introduced will continue. This work involved many surgeons,...

Who receives the NVDvHES data feeds in your hospital?

Outputs are sent on a quarterly basis to all trusts performing AAA and Carotid surgery outlining their data contribution rates to the National Vascular Database (NVD). This information is sent to the vascular lead and clinical governance lead in each trust. To find out who this is in your unit Download Vascular leads UK wide.

AKI dataset is currently under analysis

We would like to thank all those who have taken the time to enter AKI data into the NVD for AAA patients. The data is now under analysis and final outputs will be available late summer. We believe that collection and entry of AKI data provides added value to patient care and so continual submission of this data is encouraged.

Vascular Unit and Network Configuration

Click here to complete the Vascular Unit and Network Configuration Questionnaire

Elective Infrarenal AAA mortality report published 01/03/12

The AAA Quality Improvement Programme team have published the first national report on elective AAA mortality rates, on behalf of the Vascular Society today. The report contains information about volume of work against mortality figures following AAA surgery for all units in the UK. This report which demonstrates a dramatic reduction in mortality for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Surgery over a relatively short period of time demonstrates how collecting, analysing and reflecting on clinical outcomes can result in significant improvements. Click here to download a copy of the report. If you have any enquiries please contact the AAAQIP team

NVD - record status December 10-December 11...are all your records available for analysis?

Please ensure all your data is entered into the NVD and that your red records are updated as soon as possible. We realise that this requires significant effort by all contributors, but with complete data entry we will be confident in our data analysis reports in addition to demonstrating a commitment to gathering data to support patient safety. There was a 6 month time lag before all records were being entered onto the NVD but this being reduced to currently 2 months delay. This can be seen by comparing this chart against previous ones. We encourage timely entry of records...