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Welcome to the Empowered Patient Podcast with Karen Jagoda.  This show is a window into the latest innovations in applying generative AI, novel therapeutics and vaccines, and the changing dynamics in the medical and healthcare environment. One focus is on how providers, pharmaceutical companies, and payers are empowering patients.  In addition, conversations are often about how providers, care facilities, pharmaceutical companies, and payers are being empowered by technology to improve patient outcomes and reduce friction across the healthcare landscape.

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Jul 26, 2021

Dr. Nick West is the Chief Medical Officer and Divisional Vice President of Global Medical Affairs at Abbott's Vascular Business. Nick points out the need to make sure the blood vessel is properly closed up at the end of a procedure to ensure no complications.  While the Abbott device Perclose™ has been around for quite some time, the ProStyle™ is the new version of it and is a unique suture mediated closure system.

Nick reminds us that, "The old way of doing this is simply to press. Now pressing on the artery, usually, you have to press for at least 10 minutes. If it's done properly, that seals things very nicely, but there are many, many factors that affect the availability of what we call manual compression to seal these punctures. They include where the puncture was, how many times the physician needed to attempt to puncture the vessel before they got into it."

Nick confirms this is the way bleeding has been stopped for hundreds of years and that pressing on the groin is medieval.  We talk about how this new approach is a way to effectively close the puncture site in an artery or vein with sutures that allow for primary intentional healing.

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