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SCAI Sets TransRadial Intervention Program (TRIP) for Angioplasty from the Wrist
Registration for November Radial Summit in Boston Fills Two Weeks in Advance;
New Training Course Set for January in Philadelphia to Meet Demand


October 24, 2010 -- A sure sign that the transradial or wrist approach to performing catheterizations, angioplasty and stent placement is gaining in interest in the United States is the fact that all available spaces for SCAI's first course on the technique were filled over two weeks in advance. This course, the "SCAI Radial Summit", will be held in Boston on November 5.

Acknowledging the enthusiastic response, SCAI has scheduled a second course, the SCAI Transradial Intervention Program (TRIP) to be held on January 15, 2011 in Philadelphia.

As previously reported by Angioplasty.Org, the Boston meeting will be the first standalone course on the transradial approach to coronary interventions to be organized by a national professional society in the U.S. This second course in Philadelphia will be co-chaired by Kimberly Skelding, M.D., FSCAI and Samir B. Pancholy, M.D., FSCAI, and will feature a faculty of the most highly trained and well respected experts in the field of transradial interventions.

The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions states that SCAI TRIP is designed for interventional cardiologists, interventional cardiology fellows-in-training and other healthcare professionals (nurses, technologists, etc) at all experience levels, whether they are looking to launch a TRI program or looking to pick up advanced information. Details about the course and registration will soon be announced. For more information, email

Popular in Europe and Asia, the transradial (or wrist) approach to percutaneous catheter-based diagnostic and interventional procedures is just starting out in the U.S. Various hospital centers and cardiologists who have learned the transradial technique have been offering courses to other physicians and cath lab personnel on a limited basis for the past several years, but recently SCAI has become involved in promoting training. The organization hosted two major symposia on the radial approach at its Annual Scientific Sessions held in San Diego this past March, and is now offering what may become a series of meetings around the country.

The Tentative Agenda for the SCAI TRIP course in Philadelphia follows:

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Early Morning Session

8:00-8:15 AM Welcome
8:15-8:30 AM Post-PCI Bleeding, Prevalence, Implications
8:30-8:45 AM TRA impact on Outcomes, Global Experience
8:45-9:00 AM Do We Need a US Randomized Controlled Trial for TRI?
9:00-9:15 AM How to Start a TRI Program
9:15-9:30 AM Training guidelines for TRI

10:00-10:15 AM Patient Selection Set-up
10:15-10:45 AM Catheters for Diagnostic Procedures / PCI
10:45-11:00 AM Upper Extremity Right Heart Procedures
11:00-11:30 AM Difficult Anatomy How To's
11:30-11:45 AM TRI in High Risk Subsets Rota/STEMI/Grafts/Bifurcations
11:45 AM-Noon Radial Complications

1:00-1:15 PM Post Procedural Protocols, Discharge
1:15-1:45 PM Radial Artery Occlusion Prevention, Management
1:45-2:00 PM Antithrombotic Therapy With TRI. What and Why?
2:00-2:30 PM Peripheral TRI
2:30-2:45 PM Embolic Risk and Radiation Exposure With TRI
2:45-3:00 PM Guide Catheter Support, Basics. Why TRI Might Be Better Than TFI.
3:00-4:00 PM Simulator session (faculty guided with pre-defined curriculum)

4:15-5:00 PM Interesting Cases With Faculty Panel Review
5:00-5:45 PM Open forum. Q & A and cases from attendees
5:45 PM Closing Remarks

Simulators will be available at this course. More information coming soon.

About The Radial Access Center on Angioplasty.Org
To assist in educating the professional and patient population in the U.S. about the this technique, Angioplasty.Org created the "Radial Access Center for Transradial Approach" in 2007, a special section devoted to information and news about the transradial technique, for both patients and physicians. The Radial Center features interviews with leading practitioners of the radial technique, such as Drs. Jeffrey Popma, Sunil Rao, John Coppola, Shigeru Saito, Jennifer Tremmel and Howard Cohen. The section also maintains a listing of upcoming training courses in the transradial approach.

For patients there is also a "Hospital Locator" that lists U.S. centers practicing radial angiography. As Dr. Howard Cohen of Lenox Hill Hospital in New York says of the wrist technique, "Patients really prefer it. 95% of people who've had it both ways would say 'I'm coming back to you, Dr. Cohen because I like this transradial a lot better than the other way!'

Reported by Burt Cohen, October 24, 2010