New report concludes endovascular procedures performed in office-based facilities result in positive outcomes

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The CardioVascular Coalition (CVC)—a group of community-based endovascular care providers, physicians, and manufacturers created to advance community-based solutions designed to improve awareness, prevention, and intervention of vascular disease—has said that a new report published in Vascular underscores the value office-based endovascular care offers to patients, including individuals diagnosed with peripheral artery disease (PAD).

“Treatment outcomes and lessons learned from 5,134 cases of outpatient office-based endovascular procedures in a vascular surgical practice,” was published in the July edition of Vascular, the official journal of The International Society for Vascular Surgery. In the report, the authors analyse treatment outcomes of office-based procedures and discuss lessons learned to achieve optimal patient outcomes and high quality care in the office-based clinical setting.

The study authors highlight many benefits associated with the delivery of care in the office-based setting, including improved patient satisfaction with expeditious outpatient experience, reduced financial burden in patient cost compared to hospital costs, and convenience in managing schedule in a physician’s own facility.

Procedures examined for this report include diagnostic arteriogram, therapeutic arterial intervention, and venous interventions, among others. Key report findings include:

  • 99.3% of patients were discharged home from the recovery room following procedure without requiring inpatient care;
  • Only 1.4% of the procedures performed experienced a complication;
  • Common co-morbidities among the patient population included hypertension (58%), diabetes (33%) and coronary artery disease (23%).

“Our study, along with other reported experiences, has demonstrated that office-based vascular interventions can be performed safely with remarkable outcomes. Diligent efforts to not only reduce complications but also maintain quality of care are paramount in the continual success of this office-based practice,” the authors conclude.

For their analysis, the authors examined 5,134 endovascular procedures performed by vascular surgeons in office-based endovascular suites between April 2006 and December 2013.