12 September 2019

National Quality Registry for Vascular Surgery (Swedvasc)

  • Registry Manager: Region Skåne
  • Registry Centre - affiliation: Uppsala Clinical Research Center (UCR)
  • Start year: 1987
  • Classifications used: KKÅ97 / NCSP 96
  • This registry contains data on: Diagnoses, Interventions, Inpatient Care, PROM or other patient-reported health effects, Risk Factors, Follow-Up Data 12 months or later after the case is registered in the registry

Description of registry

The National Quality Registry for Vascular Surgery was started in 1987 and achieved nationwide coverage in 1994. Swedvasc registers data on production, risk factors, outcome and complications related to vascular surgery interventions in Sweden.


Peripheral vascular surgery covers diseases and injuries in the arteries and veins (heart and CNS excluded). Vascular surgery interventions consist of catheter-based procedures and open surgery. The main areas are procedures for carotid artery stenosis, aortic aneurysm and circulatory problems in the legs.

Ages in the registry

All ages.

Volume over the past operating year

Approximately 10,000 vascular procedures per year.

Coverage rate

Carotid surgery 97 percent.

Aortic surgery 95 percent (EVAR 82 percent)

Intervention to leg arteries 87 percent (surgery 64 percent)

References on validations

  1. Bergqvist D et al. Auditing surgical outcome: ten years with the Swedish Vascular Registry - Swedvasc. Eur J Surg Supply 1998: 3-8
  2. Kragsterman B, Pärsson H, Bergqvist D, Björck M. Outcomes of carotid endarterectomy for asymptomatic stenosis in Sweden are improving– results from a population based registry. J Vasc Surg 2006; 44: 79-85.
  • Troëng T, Malmstedt J, Björck M. External validation of the Swedvasc registry. A first-time individual cross-matching with the unique personal number. Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg 2008;36(6):705-12.

Note: Variable lists are updated on a regular basis and should therefore be seen as preliminary. For the latest version, please contact the registry.

Category: Circulatory system

Certification level: 1

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