How is anesthesia administered for percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)?

Updated: Nov 27, 2019
  • Author: George A Stouffer, III, MD; Chief Editor: Karlheinz Peter, MD, PhD  more...
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The patient is placed in the supine position, prepared and draped in a standard sterile fashion. The procedure is performed with the patient under conscious sedation (in most instances, using midazolam and fentanyl).

Safe access is extremely important for the success of PCI, and therefore, special attention is paid to the technique. Lidocaine 2% is used as the local anesthetic agent.


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