Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center has opened one of the region’s first radial lounges in its Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute. Radial access lounges are specifically designed to meet the needs of cardiac catheterization patients who have had their procedure performed through a catheter inserted into their radial artery in the wrist, also known as transradial catheterization. This procedure, which has a shorter recovery period and less bleeding risk than traditional cardiac catheterizations done through the femoral (groin) artery, is now an option for many patients who are catheterized in order to conduct a diagnostic angiogram or have an angioplasty or stent procedure.
Unlike traditional recovery areas for femoral access that require constant compression of the groin for several hours and requires the patient not to move from the bed, radial patients in the lounge sit is recliners and can use the washroom and get coffee and snacks and are able to walk around with just a compression wrist band. lounges like this are being used at several centers for same-day percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures, eliminating overnight stays and helping to reduce healthcare costs.
Read more about the lounge in the article Atlantic Health Morristown Medical Center Opens Radial Lounge for Post-procedure Recovery.
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