Comparison of outcomes after 8 vs. 9.5 French size intra-aortic balloon counterpulsation catheters based on 9,332 patients in the prospective Benchmark registry.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The Benchmark intra-aortic balloon counterpulsation (IABC) registry maintains prospectively gathered clinical information on a large cohort of IABC patients. The purpose of the present report is to compare in-hospital outcomes and complications in patients treated with the newer 8 vs. 9.5 Fr size catheters. Between January 1997 and August 2000, data on 7,078 9.5 Fr and 2,254 8 Fr IABC insertions were submitted to Benchmark. This was not a randomized comparison but rather a posthoc analysis of prospectively gathered data. There was less limb ischemia with the 8 Fr IABC size catheter. There were no significant differences in bleeding or mortality between the two groups. Smaller IABC catheter size is associated with significantly less limb ischemia, especially in higher-risk patients. The large, population-based, ongoing Benchmark registry provides a useful vehicle for outcomes research concerning the evolving practice of IABC.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Cohen, M; Ferguson, JJ; Freedman, RJ; Miller, MF; Reddy, RC; Ohman, EM; Stone, GW; Christenson, J; Joseph, DL

Published Date

  • June 2002

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 56 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 200 - 206

PubMed ID

  • 12112913

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1522-1946

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/ccd.10188


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States