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16 June 2011

AVF launches IVC filter module for American Venous Registry

Dendrite Clinical Systems has announced that the American Venous Forum has launched the inferior vena cava (IVC) filter module for its American Venous Registry. The American Venous Registry, launched in February 2011, standardises the collaborative collection and analysis of clinical information about venous disease. According to Uchenna Onyeachom, administrator, American Venous Registry, this is the first and only national registry of IVC filters placed and retrieved in the United States.

It is hoped that by identifying practice patterns for venous disease diagnosis and treatment across the US and across varied specialties, the Registry will facilitate the assessment of functional outcomes and comparative analyses of different clinical approaches to venous disease management. This makes it a powerful tool for the development of treatment guidelines, evidence-based modification of public policy, and re-direction of health care resources.

The IVC filter module will enable physicians to enter and track the indications for which they are placing filters, the types of filters they are using, how frequently they are retrieving filters and any complications. They will be able to compare this information from their patients with the national aggregate.

“The IVC filter module is launching at an extremely appropriate time as the FDA, doctors and patients are struggling with critical questions about who should get filters, how many retrievable filters are actually getting retrieved, and which filter designs are associated with complications,” said Dr Brajesh K Lal, Chairman of the American Venous Registry, and Associate Professor and Chief of Vascular Surgery, Physiology & Bioengineering, University of Maryland, Baltimore.

“Despite venous disease affecting such a large segment of our population, there has been no platform available to collaboratively evaluate our procedures and outcomes using common language. The American Venous Registry fills that important need.”

“By tracking specific aspects of the IVC filter practice nationally, physicians will get a better idea of how these filters are being used, determine their complications and filter retrieval rates, and compare these aspects of their practices to the experience of other physicians,” says Dr John Rectenwald, Assistant Professor of Vascular Surgery, University of Michigan Health System, and Chair of the IVC filter module of the American Venous Registry.

The American Venous Forum is an international consortium of venous and lymphatic specialists dedicated to improving patient care. Its mission is to promote venous and lymphatic health through innovative research, education and technology.

The American Venous Forum created the American Venous Registry to standardise the collection and analysis of clinical information on venous disease; identify practice patterns for venous disease diagnosis and treatment nationwide; answer research questions prioritised by the American Venous Forum; and provide a real-time clinical practice tool to assist the practices of individual participating physicians.

The Registry will be comprised of five modules; two have been launched and three are under development. Each module focuses on one particular aspect of venous disease and offers several clinical practice tools and the ability to run specific benchmarking queries in real time. The modules are:

-Varicose vein module, launched in February 2011

-IVC filter module, launched on 16 June 2011

-Stent module

-Deep vein thrombosis thrombectomy/lysis module

-Upper extremity deep vein thrombosis module