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Bleeding Avoidance Strategies Could Save Hospitals Nearly $5,000 Per PCI

from Cardiovascular Business

Physicians successfully reversed the bleeding risk-treatment paradox in percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) by prioritizing risk-concordant use of bleeding avoidance strategies (BAS) like bivalirudin, radial access and vascular closure devices, according to a study published Oct. 31 in the Journal of the American Heart Association. The risk-treatment paradox — the idea that patients at the highest risk of bleeding during a PCI procedure paradoxically receive the least amount of BAS — is an important one in PCI, since bleeding is the intervention’s most common complication and affects up to a tenth of its patients each year. more

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