Back in 2010 I wrote about Stanford doing some cardiac procedures on imagean outpatient basis and this looks to be a continuation of such procedures.  I don’t know exactly which procedures this covers but it could entail more than just the radial artery procedures, not sure but most of the time when the femoral artery in the leg is used you can almost count on an overnight visit for observation if nothing else.  Transradial Interventions have an entire department of their own at Stanford and the procedure goes through the wrist and not the leg.  BD

At Stanford Hospital Coronary Stent Processes Are Done On As an Outpatient Procedure–Using the Radial Artery in the Wrist

Two prominent California hospitals will be allowed to perform some cardiac procedures in outpatient buildings thanks to legislation approved on Friday.

The bill involves cardiac catheterization, in which a small tube is inserted into an artery or vein and threaded to a patient’s chest to help diagnose or treat ailments. Such procedures have been allowed only in main hospital buildings, but supporters say they can now be done safely in new outpatient buildings planned for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla.

The bill received overwhelming support in the Assembly and Senate on Friday, and it was sent to Gov. Jerry Brown for his signature or veto.


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