UK Vascular and Endovascular Research Network

Reducing the risk of venous thromboembolism during superficial endovenous surgery: a UK consensus study by VERN

VERN Collaborators


Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a rare but potentially fatal complication of superficial venous intervention and can result in litigation. Proper risk assessment and prophylaxis could mitigate this hazard, however there is currently an absence of evidence-based or consensus guidelines. This study examined UK vascular consultant practices and sought to obtain a consensus to guide clinicians practising in this area.


A 32-item survey was sent to vascular consultants via the VERN collaborative (phase-1). These results were used to generate 10 consensus statements, which were redistributed to vascular consultants (phase-2). ‘Good’ consensus and ‘very good’ consensus were defined a priori as endorsement/rejection of a statement by >67% and >85% of respondents, respectively. 


This study has now been published in phlebology (PubMed ID

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