Pa. cardiologist develops catheter inserted into the wrist

Samir Pancholy, MD, created a less painful, safer catheterization method that prevents blood vessels from closing after the procedure.

Dr. Pancholy is an interventional cardiologist associated with Barnes-Kasson County Hospital in Susquehanna, Pa., and Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton, Pa.

His catheter, called VasoBand, is inserted into the wrist, rather than the groin. The device wraps around the wrist and covers the catheter's access point, applying pressure to both the radial and ulnar arteries. The device stops bleeding from the radial artery, but still allows blood to flow, limiting the chances of the arteries closing after the procedure.

Dr. Pancholy hopes to standardize the catheterization technique and improve patient outcomes worldwide.

The Food and Drug Administration is reviewing the device before it reaches production stage.

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