Southern Association For Vascular Surgery

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Trans Radial Access
Alan B Lumsden, Zsolt Garami
Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, Houston, TX

Objectives
Trans radial access(TRA) is widely used in interventional cardiology. Although itís genesis was to assist in coronary interventions, cardiology in particular has broadened itís utilization into carotid and peripheral vascular beds. We believe this is a valuable tool which should be added to the armamentarium of the vascular surgeon. TRA is underutilized and under taught in vascular surgery. This video provides program directors with model which can be used to train residents.
Methods
In this high definition video, we will demonstrate several features to assist the vascular surgeon in successful TRA:
1 Development and demonstration of a training model for education on the principles of TRA
2 Quantitative evaluation of the efficacy of this model to impart necessary skills in trainees.
3 Optimization of ultrasound imaging to assist in successful radial artery puncture.
4 Demonstrate optimal puncture techniques, the necessary equipment and post puncture management.
5 Strategies to recognize and avoid complications
6 Real world application of this approach in vascular surgery patients: subclavian stenoses, visceral and renal stenoses, subclavian embolization after thoracic endografting.
Results.
The video is an important contribution to all phases of vascular surgery training and re training. Efficacy of model based training is presented.
Conclusion
The goals of this presentation, therefore, is to demonstrate to program directors how this model can be created, quantitatively evaluate competency, and to demonstrate where this approach adds value in day to day vascular practice. This video will be made available on line after the presentation to make it available to the broader vascular community.


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