By Laura Walters and Roxanna Noordhoorn
Merit and the ThinkRadial team set the challenge to visit 5 hospitals, in 5 days, in 5 different UK cities to spread the philosophy of trans radial approach in radiology. The UK sales team was accompanied by Dr Darren Klass, MD, PhD, MRCS, FRCR, FRCPC, interventional radiologist at Vancouver General and UBC Hospitals in Vancouver, Canada. During the tour, the team visited 5 different hospitals in the UK to enlighten and inspire doctors and nursing teams to make radial approach the first preferred access technique.
The radiology department in Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Trust was the first hospital to be visited by the ThinkRadial team during their tour through UK. The team wrote history that day by performing the first Radial UFE procedure in this hospital to the satisfaction of Dr. Kamath, Consultant Radiologist, and his team: ‘I am truly grateful to Merit for setting the foundation for innovation. The Radial Revolution has begun!’
The second day commenced in St James’ Hospital, Leeds with a presentation for the entire team to make sure everybody was on the same page and to answer all burning questions on the radial approach, some of the nursing team already had previous experience in this field. Throughout the visit with Dr. Klass and the ThinkRadial team the radial approach was revitalized for some of the team and new insights were offered to make radial the first preferred choice. Dr James Lenton, Consultant Radiologist stated: ‘Useful clinical experience with a new access method’
The Christie Hospital in Manchester was the third hospital on the third day of the Radial tour. The teams had the scoop and privilege of performing the first radial procedures in The Christie’s brand new angiography suite which was opened just that morning in conjunction with Toshiba. The Christie opened their doors for physicians interested in radial approach from other hospitals in the area. Dr Mona Mossad, Consultant Interventional Radiologist and Interventional Oncology Lead from the Royal Stroke University Hospital attended and felt it was a very useful experience.
The fourth day that followed Dr. Klass and the ThinkRadial team was the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. The set-up of the day was slightly different, after the radial introduction presentation a hands-on session was organized using different demonstration models such as a pulsating arm and aorta flow model. This gave the nursing staff the opportunity to experience how it feels to perform a radial procedure themselves and further understanding of the procedure being performed.
The fifth and final day of the Radial tour concluded at UCLH in London. Dr Klass presented to the whole radiology team about the advantages of this approach for the physician, the nursing staff, radiographers and the patient.
The red thread of the week was the interest of the physicians and the nursing team in the advantages of the radial approach for the patients, with patients comfort highly listed. The team witnessed patients stand up from the operation table walking to the bed themselves amazed many during this week. The quick recovery and mobility of the patients astonished many ward nurses and staff. By bringing the experience of all the advantages trans radial approach brings we hope the radial technique will become the first preferred approach in all these hospitals and will contribute to Merit Medical’s mission to spread the word!