The Cardiovascular Center at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital-New Braunfels has implemented a new femoral artery access technique designed to provide rapid, secure vascular closure during cardiac catheterization procedures.
With the new vascular technology, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital-New Braunfels is the second health care facility in Texas to launch and successfully deploy the Arstasis Axera vascular device.
The Arstasis access device differs from others in that it leaves no foreign body behind in patients. The Arstasis device creates a longer and shallower opening in the femoral artery that results in comfortable and quicker arterial closure once the medical procedure is complete.
“We are extremely excited to offer our patients a safe method of femoral access that expedites patient recovery without leaving material inside the body,” said Dr. Charles Bailey, Medical Director of the CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital-New Braunfels Cardiovascular Center.
Traditionally, Vascular Closure Devices or Vascular Closure Implants are used to close the femoral artery access site in the upper leg. This involves inserting foreign materials such as a plug, metal clip, or permanent sutures.
“With the advent of Arstasis Access Device technology now available at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital-New Braunfels, we are able to safely maximize patient comfort and offer important benefits to patients. The Access Device is introduced at the beginning of the procedure to provide access to the arterial blood vessels without requiring a foreign body implant. At the end of the procedure, brief manual compression helps close the access site. Within seconds, normal intra-arterial pressure works together with manual compression to seal the access site naturally, without the need for a closure device implant,” said Matthew Wheelus, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital–New Braunfels Director of Cardiovascular Services.
“Once the procedure is complete, the new technology allows our patients to sit up and walk quickly with the ultimate goal of experiencing a more comfortable recovery.”
CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital–New Braunfels Vice President and Administrator, Jim D. Wesson, FACHE added, “Our team of dedicated professionals continually work to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ and to deliver the best patient care. The introduction and utilization of this state-of-the-art technology is yet another example of our commitment to the community.”
About CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System:
Founded in 1869 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa is a Catholic faith-based, non-profit health and wellness ministry dedicated to extending the healing ministry of Jesus Christ and providing the highest quality medical care and services available. As one of the top health care organizations in South-Central Texas, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa has five hospital campuses, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital City Centre located in downtown San Antonio, in the South Texas Medical Center, in New Braunfels, and CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children's Hospital, San Antonio’s first children’s hospital, an academic teaching facility affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. In July 2009, we extended our ministry to the fast-growing Westover Hills community with the opening of the area’s first full-service hospital. A new surgical hospital is under construction to serve the Alamo Heights area and is scheduled to open in January 2012. CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System also owns a majority interest in CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Physicians Ambulatory Surgery Centers – San Antonio, LLC, a joint venture physician partnership which is comprised of three outpatient surgery facilities in San Antonio including Alamo Heights, Stone Oak, and in the Medical Center area. Additionally, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System owns a majority interest in the CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Physicians Ambulatory Surgery Center in New Braunfels joint venture physician partnership. CHRISTUS Santa Rosa is the preferred health system of the San Antonio SPURS. For additional information on CHRISTUS Santa Rosa, visit www.christussantarosa.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/CSRHS.