Shorter duration of hemostatic compression is associated with a lower incidence of early and chronic RAO, without increase in bleeding complications, although maintaining radial patency during hemostatic compression, eliminates the adverse effect of duration of compression.A single center experience with same-day transradial-PCI patients: A contrast with published guidelines

Ian C. Gilchrist MD, Denise A. Rhodes, Helen E. Zimmerman

Objectives: Our goal was to compare recently published Consensus Statement from the SCAI/ACC on appropriateness for same-day PCI with patient characteristics from a real-world same-day PCI experience in the United States. Background: Recent practice statement published by the SCAI /ACC in 2009 describes patients suitable for outpatient PCI procedures. Whether this practice statement reflects actual real-world practice in the setting of advances in transradial catheterization needs further exploration. Methods: Pre-existing, deidentified, quality assurance data from 100 sequential patients undergoing transradial PCI, and same-day discharge were compared with criteria in SCAI/ACC statement on outpatient PCI. Each had been identified post-PCI as uncomplicated and therefore eligible for same day discharged. Specific attention was placed on whether the patients carried any exclusion to same-day discharge. Results: One hundred six procedures were recorded in 100 patients including 11 women and 89 men, median age 62 (55,71) years all with stable ischemia. Early follow up was done for medication compliance. None were readmitted nor had post-PCI complications. Only 15% met appropriateness criteria for same-day discharge. Older age, distance from the hospital, greater than simple PCI, and the need for specific antiplatelet therapy represented the dominant contraindications to discharge. Conclusions: Using transradial approaches and structured early follow up by advance practice nurses, same-day discharge can be accomplished successfully in a broad range of patients outside of those suggested by the SCAI/ACC 2009 Consensus Document. Confirmation of these results could result in shorter hospitalizations for US patients and align advances in catheterization technology to optimize heath care delivery.

Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions Volume 79, Issue 4, pages 583-587, 1 March 2012