This report provides a description of the care provided by NHS vascular units, and contains information on the process and outcomes of care for:
(i) patients undergoing carotid endarterectomy
(ii) patients undergoing abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair
(iii) patients undergoing a revascularisation procedure (angioplasty/stent or bypass) or major amputation for lower limb peripheral arterial disease (PAD).
Since last year, we have expanded the information on ruptured aortic aneurysms and major lower limb amputation. The measures used to describe the patterns and outcomes of care are drawn from various national guidelines including: the “Provision of Services for Patients with Vascular Disease” document and the Quality Improvement Frameworks published by the Vascular Society, and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines on stroke and peripheral arterial disease.