The Vascunet sub-committee of the European Society of Vascular Surgery (ESVS)
Vascunet is a sub-committee of the European Society of Vascular Surgery which aims to increase knowledge and understanding of vascular disease, and to promote excellence in vascular surgery, by means of international vascular audit. Vascunet was established in 1997 at the ESVS Annual Meeting in Lisbon. The participants of this first meeting achieved a consensual agreement that there should be a common European minimal dataset for vascular registries and an organising committee was set up to organise a session at the meeting for presentation of national vascular registries. Since 1997, several reports and congress abstracts have been published by a growing group of members.
Audit is essential to the maintenance of good clinical practice, especially in surgery, where outcomes are dependent on the careful selection of patients and the skills of the surgical and anaesthetic teams. It is important for surgeons and interventionalists to know their results and how these compare with others in their field.
Healthcare systems and hospital processes differ throughout the world and it is of great consequence to determine whether these differences influence clinical practice and results.
The Vascunet reports represent the attempt to compare vascular surgical practice indifferent countries. It will be of interest to practicing vascular surgeons and a useful guide for health care workers and managers.
The International Consortium of Vascular Registries (ICVR)
The ICVR was launched in November 2014 at Cornell University (New York City, USA) as a partnership of over 12 national registries (Vascunet, VQI), the FDA, manufacturers, and other stakeholders. The ICVR Leadership Board was established during the first meeting on November 17th, 2014. The second meeting of the ICVR Leadership Board was held on May 25-26, 2015, in Uppsala, Sweden, where the first prospective and retrospective projects of the collaboration were planned. The third meeting of the consortium was held on November 16th, 2015, in New York City, where these projects and analyses were discussed in greater detail.