Pressure bandages after coronary angiography reduced bleeding, but increased discomfort
Question What is the effectiveness and safety of pressure bandages applied immediately after coronary angiography?
Randomised controlled trial with follow up at 6–12 hours after the procedure.
1 private and 2 public university hospitals in Melbourne, Australia.
1075 patients (mean age 61.4 y, 69% men) who had coronary angiography. Patients were excluded if they were unable to give written consent or if their cardiologist did not want them to participate.
Randomisation was stratified across the 3 hospitals. After the coronary angiography procedure was completed and once haemostasis was achieved through ≥10 minutes of manual compression, patients were allocated to the pressure bandage (n=519) or to no pressure bandage (n=556). Patients in the pressure bandage group had a wad of 8 gauze squares placed over the femoral puncture site and held in place by a …