Currently, the transradial approach to cardiac catheterization and interventions is becoming a more popular method of access in the United States. Although the radial access site is not new (the approach dates back to the 1940s), it has only in the last few years become more widespread. This article provides the expert and advanced practice nurse with an understanding of the transradial approach to catheterization and percutaneous coronary interventions. The following aspects are discussed: the historical perspective, the technique, the nursing care and potential complications of the transradial approach, as well as the future directions for nursing and medical practice.
Cardiovascular Nursing| February 01 2001
The Way to the Heart Is All in the Wrist: Transradial Catheterization and Interventions
Michelle J. Nickolaus, MSN, ACNP-CS, CCRN;
From Interventional Cardiology, Cardiovascular Center, The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania.
Reprints request to Michelle J. Nickolaus, MSN, ACNP-CS, CCRN, Cardiovascular Center, The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, 500 University Drive MC H139, Hershey, PA 17033-0850.
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Ian C. Gilchrist, MD;
AACN Adv Crit Care (2001) 12 (1): 62–71.
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Michelle J. Nickolaus, Ian C. Gilchrist, Steven M. Ettinger; The Way to the Heart Is All in the Wrist: Transradial Catheterization and Interventions. AACN Adv Crit Care 1 February 2001; 12 (1): 62–71. doi:
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