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Systematic review and meta-analysis
Early mobilisation after transfemoral catheterisation is not associated with increased vascular incidents, and reduces back pain
  1. Sek Ying Chair
  1. The Nethersole School of Nursing, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  1. Correspondence to: Dr Sek Ying Chair, 8/F, Esther Lee Building, The Nethersole School of Nursing, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong, Hong Kong; sychair{at}

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Commentary on: Mohammady M, Heidari K, Akbari Sari A, et al. Early ambulation after diagnostic transfemoral catheterisation: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Int J Nurs Stud 2014; 51:39–50.

Implications for practice and research

  • A shorter period of bed rest (2–3 h) after diagnostic transfemoral catheterisation did not increase the risk of vascular incidents. It did improve back pain and reduce urinary discomfort.

  • Early ambulation implies a probable reduction in the cost of hospitalisation and nursing care.


While bed rest has been shown to be beneficial in the period following diagnostic transfemoral catheterisation, accumulating evidence suggests a shorter bed rest period may be as effective at preventing vascular complications (eg, bleeding and haematoma) as a longer one.1 A prolonged duration of bed rest may also be associated with …

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