In its second major document review, national standards for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening have been updated.
“Local providers must strive to meet performance thresholds for each national standard to make sure screening services are safe and effective,” Public Health England (PHE) said.
The main changes include the removal of six standards that were either well achieved, were not driving improvements, or where the standards were not measurable.
Three new standards have also been introduced, which "look at the internal quality assurance process and the provision of nurse specialist assessments.”
Standards for AAA screening were introduced in 2009 and had their first review in 2015. The latest changes will be valid for data collected from 1 April 2020.