The Single-access for Hi-risk PCI (SHiP) technique.

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Catheterization and cardiovascular interventions : official journal of the Society for Cardiac Angiography & Interventions




Currently, the Impella CP (Abiomed, Danvers, Massachusetts) percutaneous ventricular assist catheter requires implantation through a 14 French sheath. Additional arterial access is commonly obtained to perform therapeutic or diagnostic procedures. Multiple arterial access requires time and results in increased risk for vascular complications. Some patients may have limited arterial access. We describe the Single-access for Hi-risk PCI (SHiP) technique to allow for rapid and safer single access utilizing only the Impella access site. After the Impella catheter is placed in the standard fashion, a micropuncture needle is used to pierce the hemostasis valve of the Impella insertion sheath. After dilating the hemostasis valve and exchanging for a 0.035″ wire, up to a 7 French sheath can be inserted for PCI within the 14 French access sheath and alongside the 9 French portion of the Impella catheter. After PCI, the sheath is removed. We report on a case series of 17 patients using this technique. There were no instances of bleeding during the procedure or after removal of the PCI sheath, and no evidence of disruption of the Impella sheath.

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Cardiovascular (Heart)




Center for Cardiovascular Analytics, Research + Data Science (CARDS)