The Holding Area LINQ Trial is a clinical trial designed to compare the benefits in
conducting impant procedures in the holding area of a hospital operating room vs cardiac
The Holding Area LINQ Trial is a prospective, non-randomized, single center post-market
clinical trial designed to occur in the holding area of a hospital operating room or cardiac
catheterization/electrophysiology laboratory. The primary objective is to characterize the
rate of procedure-related complications within 90 days of the implant procedure which require
resolution by surgical intervention. Twenty (20) patients with established clinical
indications for the LINQ ICM (Reveal LINQ Insertable Cardiac Monitor) will be implanted using
standard of care techniques and procedures. Implants will be required to take place in a
hospital holding area rather than the traditional facility locations such as the hospital
operating room, cardiac catheterization lab, or electrophysiology lab. A physical description
of the holding area is a small patient examination room separated from other patient exam bay
by walls and a door. There is a sink in the patient exam room, laminate flooring, ceiling A/C
vent, wall mounted Hemodynamic monitoring equipment, and wall mounted oxygen/suction lines.
Patient sedation will be limited to local anesthetics and/or oral anti-anxiety medications.
Intravenous access will be obtained only for emergency resuscitative measures. Due to the low
complication rate for this type of implant and practical limitations on the sample size,
there are no formal hypotheses tested in this trial. This study will characterize all
procedure-related adverse events that occur within 90 days of the implant procedure. Data
will be collected at implant, 7-10 day post-op visit, and 90-day post-implant visits.
1. Patient is indicated for continuous arrhythmia monitoring with an Implantable Cardiac
2. Patient is willing to undergo implant in holding area setting with only local
anesthetic and/or oral anti-anxiety medications for sedation (2 mg of Valium or
Ativan) at patient request.
3. Patient is 18 years of age or older.
4. Patient is willing to provide informed consent and authorize disclosure of personal
health information in accordance with state and national regulations.
1. Patient has reduced immune function or is otherwise at high risk for infection
2. Patient has had a recent (within 30 days) or otherwise unresolved infection.
3. Patient is implanted or indicated for implant with a pacemaker, Implantable Cardiac
Device (ICD), Cardiac Resyncronization Therapy (CRT) or hemodynamic monitoring system.
4. Patient is participating in another clinical trial that may have an impact on the
5. Patient has a super-therapeutic INR > 3.0.
6. Patient considered by Principal Investigator and/or sub-investigator to be
inappropriate for the trial for any reason.
7. Patient's life expectancy is less than 1 year.
8. Patient is pregnant.
9. Patient has an unusual thoracic anatomy or scarring at the implant site which may
adversely affect the success of the implant procedure.
10. Inability to comply with planned trial procedures