NHS Scotland: Life-saving Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening exceeds target


For the year ending 31 March 2017 but only published 6 March 2018, the uptake of AAA screening of men tested before the age of 66 and a quarter was 84%, well above the 70% target. All of Scotland health boards achieved 80% or higher. The only negative is that, in more deprived areas the level of screening was lower though always above the 70% target.


Uptake in England was only 79.5% and in Wales it was only 80.1%. Northern Ireland came closest with a figure of 83%


The importance of the AAA take-up is made clear in this statement:

‘AAAs usually cause no symptoms, but if they burst they are extremely dangerous and usually fatal. Around 8 out of 10 people with a ruptured AAA either die before they reach hospital or don’t survive surgery. Early detection is important because once identified AAAs can be monitored or treated, greatly reducing the chances of the aneurysm causing serious problems in the future.’



One thought on “NHS Scotland: Life-saving Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening exceeds target

  1. Alasdair Macdonald. March 10, 2018 / 5:16 pm

    In my response to the previous article on NHS data, I expressed the view that each of us has a responsibility to cooperate with NHS staff in managing our own health. Screening – for whatever purpose – is an example of this. However it requires each of us to make the decision to participate.

    For wide range of initiatives, people in the quintiles with the highest SIMD, tend to respond in lower proportions than people in the other quintiles. There are many reasons for this. Proactive reach out activities improve participation rates, but, these are usually more expensive and more time consuming than people voluntarily attending clinics or making postal returns. There is also the issue of safety of staff. The fact that around 75% of people have participated is noteworthy. Sadly, a significant number of people engage wilfully in self destructive behaviour., but, this figure indicates that some progress might be being made in overcoming that. Does it have something to do with a sense of community.

    It is to be hoped that with the development of more local health centres that participation rates will improve.

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