NVR Short Report on COVID-19 – June 2023 Update

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In this short report, we present key findings from NVR data throughout 2020 and 2021 in relation to COVID-19 and its impacts on patients undergoing vascular surgery.

We previously reported on data in the NVR as at 25 September 2020, which showed that a concomitant COVID-19 infection in patients undergoing vascular surgical procedures significantly increased the risk of respiratory complications and mortality.

Here we update this analysis, using data through to the end of 2021, and explore whether the COVID-19 vaccination programme provided protection to patients against this life-threatening complication.

The analysis covered:

(a) patients who had a repair procedure for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA);

(b) patients who had carotid endarterectomy, and

(c) patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) who had either lower limb revascularisation (endovascular / bypass surgery) or major amputation.