Vascunet

Vascunet is a collaboration of vascular registries, administered and partly funded by the ESVS that was established to improve the quality, safety and effectiveness of vascular healthcare in Europe and Australasia. Vascunet was established in 1997 at the ESVS Annual Meeting in Lisbon (Portugal). The participants of this first meeting achieved a consensual agreement that there should be a common European minimal dataset for vascular registries and an organising committee was set up.

The focus of Vascunet is the development of high-quality international registry data in vascular surgery, which supports analysis of vascular surgical outcome on an international level and feeds into quality improvement projects in multidisciplinary vascular medicine nationally and internationally. The Vascunet collaboration aims to include the complete range of vascular conditions and treatments from standard high-volume procedures (e.g., peripheral vascular interventions) to highly complex procedures in rare vascular diseases (e.g., endovascular aortic arch repair).

Currently, several ongoing projects on carotid artery stenosis, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, peripheral artery disease and amputation practice are coordinated.

More than 25 members from 20 different countries work together within this growing research and quality improvement collaboration.

For more information, please visit the Vascunet website.

Vascunet Reports

Audit is essential to the maintenance of good clinical practice, especially in surgery, where outcomes are dependent on the careful selection of patients and the skills of the surgical and anaesthetic teams. It is important for surgeons and interventionalists to know their results and how these compare with others in their field.

Healthcare systems and hospital processes differ throughout the world and it is of great consequence to determine whether these differences influence clinical practice and results.

The Vascunet reports represent the attempt to compare vascular surgical practice in different countries. It will be of interest to practicing vascular surgeons and a useful guide for health care workers and managers.

Several reports have emerged so far from the Vascunet collaboration, all of which have been published in the European Journal of Vascular Surgery (EJVES). Please click here to access the Vascunet Reports and Vascunet Data Dictionaries.

National Vascular Databases