The Society for Vascular Surgery Patient Safety Organization (SVS PSO) is now listed by AHRQ, on behalf of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. PSOs are authorized by the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 to foster a culture of safety and create a secure environment where providers can collect and analyze data to identify and reduce the risks and hazards associated with patient care.
The SVS PSO is made up of regional Vascular Quality Groups. Members of the Regional Quality Groups use an outcomes registry included in the VQI. The registry collects data on all major vascular procedures, and the regional groups analyze the registry data to initiate quality improvement activities. As de-identified data become available from Regional Quality Groups, national trend data will also be analyzed.