Collaboration of clinical and administrative vascular registries ↓
VASCUNET is a collaboration of clinical and administrative vascular registries, administered and partly funded by the European Society of Vascular Surgery (ESVS).
VASCUNET was established to improve the quality, safety and effectiveness of vascular healthcare in Europe and Australasia. Several reports and original articles have been published to date.
More than 40 members from 26 different countries work together within this growing research and quality improvement collaboration.
VASCUNET was established in 1997 at the ESVS Annual Meeting in Lisbon (Portugal). The participants of this first meeting (T. Troëng, M. Björck, I. Thomson, et al.) 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.
During the following 23 years (1997-2020), this open-minded collaboration grew rapidly to a global network active in real-world evidence!
The VASCUNET committee comprises 1-2 representatives from national or regional quality improvement registries. One chair is assigned for a three-year term (currently 2020-2023) supported by a secretary.
To coordinate transatlantic projects in the International Consortium of Vascular Registries (ICVR), the VASCUNET committee assigns a co-chair to this amalgamation of the VASCUNET and the United States Vascular Quality Initiative (VQI).
Here are the current members of the VASCUNET committee:
Currently, several ongoing projects on carotid artery stenosis, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, peripheral arterial occlusive disease and amputation practice are coordinated. The committee is looking for new members to improve European and Australasian cross-border vascular research and quality improvement.
- Christian-Alexander Behrendt (Chair VASCUNET), Germany
- Kevin Mani (Co-Chair ICVR), Sweden
- Tina Cohnert, Austria
- Ivan Cvjetko, Croatia
- Nikolaj Eldrup, Denmark
- Riikka Tulamo, Finland
- Nicla Settembre, France
- Andreas Lazaris, Greece
- Gabor Menyhei, Hungary
- Elin Laxdal, Iceland
- Stefano Ancetti, Italy
- Dirk Grotemeyer, Luxembourg
- Matthew Grima, Malta
- Manar Khashram, New Zealand
- Martin Altreuther, Norway
- Frederico Bastos Goncalves, Portugal
- Ana Maria Vrancianu, Romania
- Igor Koncar, Serbia
- Cristina Lopez Espada, Spain
- Thomas Lattman, Switzerland
- Arun Pherwani, United Kingdom
- Jacob Budtz-Lilly (Secretary VASCUNET), Denmark
- Barry Beiles, Australia
- Paulo E. Ocke Reis, Brazil
- Milijenko Kovačević, Croatia
- Maarit Venermo, Finland
- Fabien Lareyre, France
- Ulrich Rother, Germany
- Konstantinos G. Moulakakis, Greece
- Zoltan Szeberin, Hungary
- Brian Manning, Ireland
- Carlo Setacci, Italy
- Kevin Cassar, Malta
- Gert Jan de Borst, Netherlands
- Jo Krysa, New Zealand
- Arkadiusz Kazimierczak, Poland
- Mihai Ionac, Romania
- Alexei Svetlikov, Russia
- Andrew MTL Choong, Singapore
- Birgitta Sigvant, Sweden
- Jonathan Boyle, United Kingdom
Currently, there are several ongoing projects and data collections organised by the VASCUNET committee.
According to the organizational structure of the committee, the projects are linked to one of the main research branches (validation & methodology, peripheral arteries, aorta, carotid arteries, rare diseases).
Principal Investigator: Cristina Lopez Espada (Spain)
2010-2019 ruptured and intact aaa repair
Principal Investigator: Jacob Budtz-Lilly (Denmark)
Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA)
Principal Investigator: Kevin Mani (Sweden)
Core variables and recommandations
The VASCUNET aims to improve comparability and harmonization of real-world evidence. With several international Delphi consensus studies involving multidisciplinary experts, this collaboration provided a core data set for peripheral arterial occlusive disease (PAOD) and acute limb ischaemia. Further projects concerning complex endovascular aortic repair are currently ongoing.
This international audit showed large geographical differences in major amputation rates, by a factor of almost six, and an overall declining time trend during the 4 year observation of this study. Diabetes prevalence, age distribution, and mortality rates were also found to vary between countries. The Global Amputation Study (GAS) is currently ongoing to include more countries and determine underlying factors for the identified differences.
Carotid Artery Stenosis
Principal Investigator: Maarit Venermo (Finland)
Peripheral Arterial occlusive disease (PAOD)
Principal Investigator: Christian-Alexander Behrendt (Germany)