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Quality & Outcomes Committee

What is the Quality & Outcomes Committee?

The Quality & Outcomes Committee will ensure that CSVS members are kept aware of important issues in regards to the maintenance of Quality of Care in current Vascular Surgery practice.


Vascular Quality Initiative (VQI)

SVS VQI’s 14 registries contain demographic, clinical, procedural and outcomes data from more than 750,000 vascular procedures performed nationwide and in Canada. Each record includes information from the patient’s initial hospitalization and at one-year follow-up.(

VQI is an international registry composed of a number of participating centres and regional groups from around the world. Canadian sites together form the Canadian VQI regional group. The CVQI regional group meets regularly to collaborate and share data in an effort to improve outcomes and minimize complications of vascular surgical patients.

More information can be found on the VQI website or connect with a contact listed below for more information.

The ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®)

The ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) is a nationally validated, risk-adjusted, outcomes-based program to measure and improve the quality of surgical care

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 VQI Featured Project

Grey Nuns Community Hospital (Edmonton, AB, Canada)

Obtaining Closure: Utilizing VQI Data to Obtain Approval for Routine Usage of Perclose ProGlide Devices for EVAR

Adrian Fung1, MD, Yaasin Abdulrehman2, MD FRCSC

1Division of Vascular Surgery, University of British Columbia

2Division of Vascular Surgery, University of Alberta

Advantages of vascular closure devices compared to cutdown access for endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) have been shown to include early ambulation, decreased OR time and length of hospital stay.  Percutaneous EVAR (pEVAR) has been accepted as the new standard of care over cutdown EVARs (cEVAR) in carefully selected patients.  However, access to Perclose ProGlide (Perclose) vascular closure devices was limited at our centre due to perceived increased cost and required Operational Procurement Evaluations Committee’s (OPEC) approval prior to routine use.  This project highlights the Vascular Quality Initiative (VQI) data utilized to obtain OPEC approval for Perclose usage.

Presentation (PDF) (requires member login)

 Contacts: Physician Leads and Data Managers/VQI Coordinators

Physician Leads:
Yaasin Abdulrehman
Physician Lead

Edmonton- Grey Nuns Hospital

Patrick Casey

Physician Lead

Nova Scotia Health Authority

Stéphane Elkouri

Physician Lead

CHUM (Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal)

Ahmed Kayssi

Physician Lead

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Mary MacDonald MD, PhD, FRCSC

Physician Lead

Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre

Patrice Nault

Physician Lead

CSSS de Gatineau - Hôpital de Hull

Graham Roche-Nagle

Physician Lead

University Health Network, Toronto

Data Managers/VQI Coordinators:

Hannah Brooks

Quality Improvement and Research Coordinator

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre   

Naomi Eisenberg, PT, MEd

Vascular Database Manager

Toronto General Hospital 

Alexa Grant-Gorveatt

Data Manager for Nova Scotia Health

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