UK Vascular and Endovascular Research Network


Blood Loss, Anaemia and HaemoSTasis management in Major Vascular Surgery

blood loss, anaemia, preoperative blood loss, vascular surgery research, international research, audit

Blood loss and complications arising from bleeding in major, open vascular surgery cause significant morbidity and mortality. There is no consistency or consensus on the strategies used to manage intra- and post-operative blood loss to mitigate this risk. 

The primary aim of this prospective audit is to investigate the current international management of perioperative bleeding in major open vascular surgery and compare practice to guidance issued by the Centre of Perioperative Care, NHS Enhanced Recovery Programme and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

The study also aims to investigate the impact of bleeding related complications on patient outcomes as well as determine to efficacy of interventions used to reduce bleeding in vascular surgery such as systemic and local haemostatic agents.

This is an international multi-centre audit with prospective data collection via REDCap including adult patients undergoing major open elective or emergency vascular surgery.

Data will be submitted for presentation at national and international academic conferences. Further, a manuscript will be prepared for peer reviewed publication

Launch date: 13th May 2024

Full protocol available here

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