Quality Measures: Skin Burns
hy this measure is important:
Skin burns are a recognised complication of EVLA. They can be nasty as the burn is from inside out so a full thickness burn. These can become infected. They also leave a permanent scar after healing.
How we measure:
All skin burns would be recorded as an adverse incident and from these reports we discover how many occur each year.
What we are doing to improve:
As we have seen no skin burns over the last 5 years there is no action we need to take further than our standard operating procedures which appear to be working to avoid this complication. We have in fact never seen a case of a skin burn following EVLA but did see two cases of skin burns after RF ablation in the first three years of our service back in 2003-5. We no longer use RF ablation partly for this reason.