Radial versus femoral approach for same-day inter-facility transfer for percutaneous coronary intervention

Zeev Israeli, Shahar Lavi, Olivier F. Bertand, Mamas A. Mamas, Rodrigo Bagur

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Background: The use of radial approach for coronary angiography, followed by same-day inter-facility transfer for percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) has not yet been evaluated. Objectives: We sought to assess the safety and feasibility of using the transradial as compared to the transfemoral approach in patients undergoing diagnostic angiogram with same-day transfer to a PCI facility. Methods: Patients that underwent diagnostic coronary angiography between January 2011 and June 2017 in a referring facility, and were transferred for same-day PCI were included. Patients’ demographics, as well as procedural data and in-hospital outcome, were collected. Results: Three hundred fifty-two participants were included. Of these, 36 (10.2%) patients received transradial access. Patients in the transradial group were older (68 ± 10 vs 62 ± 12 years, P = 0.007), and received a significantly higher total dose of heparin including both, diagnostic and PCI procedures (5935 ± 1865 vs 10029 ± 2771 units, P < 0.001). None of the transradial patients experienced bleeding or access-related complications. In the transfemoral group, 9 (3%) vascular-access complications were recorded. Contrast volume was lower for transradial patients (177 ± 47 vs 216 ± 75 mL, P < 0.001). A higher proportion of outpatients were discharged from the PCI-center the same day after transradial procedures (53% vs 1.3%, P < 0.001). Conclusions: Transradial access for inter-facility transfer for PCI after diagnostic angiogram appears safe and feasible, without increasing the risk for ischemic hand complications. Transradial access was associated with fewer bleeding and vascular access-site complications, and with a higher likelihood for a same-day discharge home in outpatients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)230-235
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Interventional Cardiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2018
Externally publishedYes

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  • percutaneous coronary intervention
  • radial access
  • same-day transfer
  • vascular complications


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