You are viewing the 1st of the 2 courses UPMC Physician Resources permits you to view without registering. To have full access to our FREE courses on our website, please register or log in now.

Dr. Dustin Kliner discusses options for prevention of radial artery spasms during radial artery access. Dr. Kliner also reviews safety strategies for prevention of radial artery occlusion. Dr. John Schindler presents recommendations on ulnar artery access as a default vascular approach when the radial artery cannot be utilized. 

Educational Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Explain options for prevention of radial artery spasm before and during radial artery access
  • Recognize the safety of high dose therapeutic anticoagulation during transradial PCI
  • Describe strategies for prevention of radial artery occlusion
  • Explain ulnar artery anatomy as it pertains to endovascular access
  • Identify appropriate ulnar access for endovascular procedures when the radial artery cannot be used
  • Recall best practice recommendations regarding cardiac catheterization


Dr. Dustin Kliner has reported no relevant relationships with entities producing health care goods or services.

Dr. John Schindler has financial interests with the following entity or entities producing health care goods or services as indicated below:

  • Consultant: Boston Scientific
  • CE Speakers’ Bureau: Edwards Life Sciences Protor

All presenters' disclosure of relevant financial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients is listed above.  No other planners, members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Accreditation Statement:

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

The University of Pittsburgh designates enduring material activity for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit[s]™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.

For your credit transcript, please access our website 4 weeks post-completion at and follow the link to the Credit Transcript page. If you do not provide the last 5 digits of your SSN on the next page you will not be able to access a CME credit transcript. Providing your SSN is voluntary.


Release Date: 5/28/2019 | Last Modified On: 5/28/2019 | Expires: 5/28/2021


take cme evaluation