TRAVERSING: TRansfer of thoracic Aortic Vascular Emergencies to Regional Specialist INstitutes Group

Aortic Dissection Awareness UK & Ireland and the THINK AORTA campaign are partnered with experts in the TRAVERSING research group to undertake a national study of the acute aortic syndrome patient pathway, from the point of diagnosis to arrival of the patient in a specialist aortic centre for treatment.

As the voice of patients and relatives affected by Aortic Dissection in the UK, we welcome this expert-led, evidence-based, national study of how to improve patient care and transfer. It is exactly the sort of national, research-led initiative that we have been asking for.

The project starts with a Delphi study to examine the patient pathway and develop a consensus on the transfer of patients with confirmed acute aortic syndrome from diagnosis until their arrival at the specialist centre providing definitive management (‘aortic centre’).

We would like to ask all clinicians in the UK with an interest or involvement in acute aortic syndrome to participate in the Delphi survey, in order to ensure that your views are included in the development of a national consensus for this important patient pathway.

Please click here to access the Delphi questionnaire:

TRAVERSING Delphi Questionnaire

Thank you in advance for your help, which will improve care for aortic patients.

Gareth Owens


Gordon McManus

Head of Research

Aortic Dissection Awareness UK & Ireland