Even slight reduction in serious complications related to blood pressure management would
easily justify the cost and relatively rare complications consequent to arterial catheter
insertion. However, it seems unlikely that major outcomes will be improved by the presumably
slight difference in hemodynamic control resulting continuous blood pressure measurement
rather than measurements at 2-5-minute intervals. There is considerable variation in practice
and no clear consensus whether arterial lines should be placed or not, especially in ASA 2
patients undergoing major non-cardiac surgery or ASA-3 patients undergoing moderate to major
non-cardiac surgery. Clearly, if there is no benefit to outcome, arterial lines, which are
invasive and costly, should not be placed routinely. The investigators therefore propose to
test the primary hypothesis that use of arterial catheters decreases the risk of a collapsed
composite of in-hospital mortality, re-admissions, MINS, AKI, stroke, respiratory and wound
healing and gastro-intestinal complications after non-cardiac surgery.
Secondarily, the investigators propose to test the hypotheses that arterial catheter use: 1)
decreases the duration of hospitalization; 2) increases blood gas, electrolyte, and
coagulation testing; 3) increases induction-to-incision time; and, 4) increases cost-of-care
(supplies,, blood tests, and induction-to-incision time).
This study will be conducted at the Cleveland Clinic Main Campus with IRB approval and
written consent from participating patients. The investigators will enroll consented ASA
Physical Status 2-4 patients having inpatient non-cardiac surgery in whom a radial arterial
catheter might or might not reasonably be used based on co-morbidity or type of surgery.
However, it is most likely that the majority of patients will be ASA 3 patients. Currently
(based on a recent data pull) approximately 44% of ASA 3 patients receive an arterial
catheter for non-cardiac surgery. The investigators expect that this insertion rate will
remain constant throughout the study.
Aside from randomized assignment to arterial catheter use, no other aspect of anesthetic or
perioperative management will be controlled.
When attending anesthesiologists exclude otherwise qualifying patients from the study, the
investigators will ask them to designate which factors influenced their decision. Potential
reasons will include: 1) type of procedure; 2) co-morbidities; 3) expected hemodynamic
instability or blood loss; 4) patient position; and, 5) need for blood sampling.
Demographic data to be obtained includes height (cm), weight (kg), age (yr.), gender, ASA
physical status, and self-declared ethnicity. If available the investigators will collect
social history (tobacco and alcohol use), medical history (pulmonary disease, cardiovascular
disease, neurologic disease, drug usage (including but not limited to: statins, ß blockers,
oral hypoglycemic agents and/or insulin), NSAIDs, diabetes (and whether insulin-dependent or
not), and previous glucose-tolerance test results, preoperative hemoglobin and hematocrit,
BUN and creatinine, electrolytes, preoperative EKG, and hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c).
Anesthetic data will include volatile anesthetic dose in MAC-hours, as well as total doses of
propofol and other sedative hypnotics. Hemodynamic, respiratory parameters, BIS values (if
available) and distal esophageal temperature will be recorded at 10 minute intervals
intraoperatively. Blood loss will be estimated; urine output and fluid administration
including allergenic blood will be recorded. Intraoperative use and total dose of vasoactive
drugs as well as antibiotic administration will be recorded. The investigators will also
record duration of anesthesia as well as time from induction of anesthesia to surgical
incision. Similar data will be recorded for patients who potentially qualify but are excluded
from randomization by the attending anesthesiologist.
Serum troponin and creatinine will be determined on postoperative days 1, 2 and 3 while in
hospital. Blood will be drawn in conjunction with routine laboratory tests. The surgical team
will be notified when troponin values ≥0.03 ng/ml are identified.
All other study data will be obtained from the medical record, including patient
characteristics, type of surgery, perioperative blood transfusions, mean-arterial pressure,
vasopressor use, number of blood gas and coagulation tests, and duration of hospitalization,
postoperative complications as well as readmissions.
- ASA Physical Status 2-4 patients
- inpatient non-cardiac surgery
- radial arterial catheter might or might not reasonably be used based on co-morbidity
or type of surgery.
- the attending anesthesiologist requires or refuses an arterial catheter
- already have an arterial catheter
- catheter is contraindicated
- end-stage renal disease
- abnormal Allen's test
- known radial arterial pathology