Vol 26, No 3 (2019)
Original articles — Interventional cardiology
Published online: 2018-03-29

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Thermic sealing in femoral catheterization: First experience with the Secure Device

Michael Sacherer1, Ewald Kolesnik1, Friederike von Lewinski1, Nicolas Verheyen1, Karin Brandner1, Markus Wallner12, Deborah M. Eaton2, Olev Luha1, Robert Zweiker1, Dirk von Lewinski1
Pubmed: 29611164
Cardiol J 2019;26(3):233-240.


Background: Devices currently used to achieve hemostasis of the femoral artery following percutaneous cardiac catheterization are associated with vascular complications and remnants of artificial materials are retained at the puncture site. The Secure arterial closure Device induces hemostasis by utilizing thermal energy, which causes collagen shrinking and swelling. In comparison to established devices, it has the advantage of leaving no foreign material in the body following closing. This study was designed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of the Secure Device to close the puncture site following percutaneous cardiac catheterization.

Methods: The Secure Device was evaluated in a prospective non-randomized single-center trial with patients undergoing 6 F invasive cardiac procedures. A total of 67 patients were enrolled and the device was utilized in 63 patients. Fifty diagnostic and 13 interventional cases were evaluated. Femoral artery puncture closure was performed immediately after completion of the procedure. Time to hemostasis (TTH), time to ambulation (TTA) and data regarding short-term and 30-day clinical follow-up were recorded.

Results: Mean TTH was 4:30 ± 2:15 min in the overall observational group. A subpopulation of patients receiving anticoagulants had a TTH of 4:53 ± 1:43 min. There were two access site complications (hematoma > 5 cm). No major adverse events were identified during hospitalization or at the 30 day follow-up.

Conclusions: The new Secure Device demonstrates that it is feasible in diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterization. With respect to safety, the Secure Device was non-inferior to other closure devices as tested in the ISAR closure trial.

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