Journal of the Hong Kong College of Cardiology

Volume 10 Number 3, July 2002
Abstract

Safety and Feasibility of Diagnostic Coronary Angiogram as Day Procedure

Chiu-Lai Fu, Michael Kang-Yin Lee, Miu-Ching Chan, Violet Lau, Siu-Fung Yiu, Kam-Tim Chan, Chung-Seung Chiang, Kau-Chung Ho
From Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Kowloon, Hong Kong

FU ET AL.: Safety and Feasibility of Diagnostic Coronary Angiogram as Day Procedure. With the miniaturization of diagnostic coronary catheters and meticulous post-procedural nursing care, puncture site complications are much reduced and patients can be mobilized earlier. Diagnostic coronary angiogram as a day procedure has been practiced worldwide. It can shorten hospital length of stay while improving patient satisfaction. During a pilot period of 6 months at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Hong Kong, we showed that in selected patients, similar procedure could be performed safely and more cost-effectively. (J HK Coll Cardiol 2002;10:109-113)

Key words : Coronary, cost-savings, day procedure, feasibility, safety



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