New VERN Study Launched!

Endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm repair (EVAR) within the United Kingdom has been demonstrated to have a highly variable, peri-operative mortality (National Vascular Registry data – 2013). Although these differences exist on a regional and unit level, no clear explanation exists.

Previous studies have suggested that some of this variation may be secondary to differences in the number of EVAR’s performed by each respective unit; however, other confounders are likely to exist. Variation in the standard preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative strategy of each unit may impact on this short and long term mortality however data regarding these differences is currently lacking.

The aim of this study is therefore to perform a national survey of standard EVAR practise across the United Kingdom with the aim of identifying factors which may be associated with improved outcomes. Each vascular centre within the United Kingdom will be invited to take part and complete a simple questionnaire within a multi-disciplinary meeting and we hope this process will be facilitated by a VERN member so are looking for people to take part.

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