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Pressure bandages after coronary angiography reduced bleeding, but increased discomfort

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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 …

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  • For correspondence: Dr M Botti, School of Nursing, Deakin University, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood, Victoria 3125, Australia. Fax +61 3 9244 6159.