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[25-year experience with reusable heart catheters].

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Zeitschrift für Kardiologie
Publication Date
Volume
90
Issue
8
Pages
542–549
Identifiers
PMID: 11565209
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

For 25 years, cardiac catheters have been prepared for reuse in a hospital for heart and vessel diseases, in the beginning by the hospital itself, later on by a specialized company with a standardize, validated certified procedure. Experiences with almost 100,000 interventions with flow directed catheters, diagnostic left-heart- and angiography-catheters, balloon- and electrophysiology-catheters, which were performed with reused material in more than half of these cases, are reported. All patients were informed that disposable catheters were reused. Neither the duration of the intervention, the x-ray load for the patient, the consumption of contrast media and the change rate of catheters, nor the catheter dependent complication rates were increased for reused catheters in comparison to single use. Therefore the reuse of cardiac catheters does not affect patients' safety, but is a cost-saving strategy.

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