This graphic shows the adoption curve for the transradial wrist approach to percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) in the United States from 2007-2012. From 1.2% to 16.1% in just five years. And we estimate that by the end of 2013, TRI will account for 20% of all PCIs. That’s one in five. Pretty impressive. When was the last time a medical procedure that is less expensive, more comfortable for patients and has fewer complications, grew this quickly?
You can read more in our article, “Wrist Angioplasty Sees Unprecedented Growth in U.S.,” which reports on an important study which was published in this week’s Circulation.
Or you can do something about it and become part of this revolution by getting into the training loop. Check out our listing of Transradial Training Courses and make note that a very big one is only two weeks away. The NYC TRAC course, organized by the Cardiovascular Research Foundation, is being offered on June 28-29 in New York City. The faculty list is impressive, including many of the pioneers and most experienced cardiologists in this field — many of whom we’ve also interviewed in our Transradial Access Center.
For more individualized training, some of the device manufacturers can also help. One example is Medtronic Inc. which is arranging proctorships and preceptorships with experienced interventionalists (they come to your cath lab, or you visit theirs). In fact, Medtronic has declared June to be “Transradial Awareness Month,” and the Circulation review of almost 3 million PCIs in the U.S. is a great way to get started. I’ll be writing more about this in another post (by way of full disclosure, our Transradial Access Center receives support from Medtronic).
In any case, if you’re in the Northeast and interested in learning about radial, you should be attending the NYC TRAC course.