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Date: 9 March 2021
Vascular surgery quality indicator
Percentage of varicose vein procedures done as daycases
What is a varicose vein?
Varicose veins are veins, usually in the legs, that have become enlarged and swollen. They are often blue or dark purple and can appear lumpy, bulging or twisted. Further information on varicose veins and treatment options is available on the NHS Choices website (please see link below)
How is the Trust doing?
The Trust’s performance has improved with more patients treated as daycases. This trend should continue with the advent of endovenous laser treatment for varicose veins rather than open surgery.
|Rolling year to date (February 2019 – January 2020)||97.6%|
|Rolling 2 years (February 2018 – January 2020)||98.2%|
Higher percentage indicates better performance.
Why is this indicator important?
There is an increasing trend towards performing surgery on a daycase basis where the patient does not stay in hospital overnight. This results in a more efficient use of available resources, resulting in fewer cancellations and more patients being offered treatment. Additionally, patients are able to recover within their own environment rather than in hospital.
Not all patients however will be suitable for treatment as a daycase such as the elderly and infirm, and those with noone to supervise them in the first 24 hours following surgery.
How do we measure this indicator?
The percentage of all patients who had varicose vein surgery who were treated as a daycase.
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