NICE – the national institute for Health and Care Excellence – published Quality Standard NICE QS67 for varicose veins in the legs in August 2014, nearly 3 years ago. NICE recognises that varicose veins are very common, affecting at least 1 in 3 people and that up to 6% of those affected will develop leg ulcers. NICE published its Quality Standard QS67 to improve the quality of life of people with varicose veins, to prevent progression of varicose veins to varicose eczema, phlebitis and leg ulcers and to reduce the risks of varicose vein recurrence after treatment.
What is NICE Quality Standard QS67?
NICE quality standards are a concise set of prioritised statements designed to drive measurable quality improvements within a particular area of health or care. They are derived from high-quality guidance, such as that from NICE or other sources accredited by NICE.
List of Quality Statements in QS67
Statement 1. People with varicose veins that are causing symptoms or complications (including ulceration) are referred to a vascular service.
Statement 2. People with varicose veins who are seen by a vascular service are assessed with duplex ultrasound.
Statement 3. People with confirmed varicose veins and truncal reflux are offered a suitable treatment in this order: endothermal ablation, ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy, surgery, compression hosiery.
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