Society for Vascular Surgery Vascular Quality Initiative celebrates one million procedures


The Society for Vascular Surgery Vascular Quality Initiative (SVS VQI) clinical registry announced this week it has now collected more than one million procedures in its database.

The SVS VQI is a not for profit clinical registry dedicated to improving the care of vascular patients through a data-driven approach to healthcare. According to an SVS press release, the “big data” the initiative provides has led to scientific discovery that has dramatically impacted patient care, with changes in practice that have saved thousands of lives. This data collection milestone reflects the interest and engagement of SVS VQI centres and their commitment to elevate the delivery of vascular care.

“Capturing one million procedures is an incredible accomplishment, and each one adds value to the registry and to our body of knowledge that allows us to improve patient care,” said Jens Eldrup-Jorgensen (Maine Medical Center, Portland, USA), medical director for the SVS Patient Safety Organization, which governs SVS VQI. “We are grateful for the continued commitment of vascular specialists to our mission of improving the safety, effectiveness and cost of vascular healthcare by providing clinicians the data and tools necessary to facilitate quality improvement.”

The SVS VQI started as the Vascular Study Group of Northern New England in 2003. At inception, there were four registries and eight participating centres, with only a few thousand procedures entered by the end of that year. Today, the SVS VQI has more than 6,000 contributing physicians—vascular surgeons, interventional cardiologists, radiologists and more—from over 940 centres and 14 clinical registries with one-year follow-up.

The organisation is staffed by experts in vascular disease, quality improvement and clinical analysis, with 250 volunteer physicians lending additional support. Registries contain demographic, clinical, procedural and outcomes data from vascular procedures performed in the USA, Canada, Puerto Rico and Singapore. Given its wealth of data, SVS VQI has been the basis for more than 600 scientific presentations and publications in peer-reviewed journals.

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