Innovations In Cardiovascular NursingRadial Artery: An Alternative Revascularization ConduitSchouchoff, Barbara RN, BSPA, MHSA, CNA; Belhumeur, John PACAuthor Information Operating Room Manager, West Penn Allegheny Health System, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Schouchoff) Physician Assistant, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, West Penn Allegheny Health System, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Belhumeur) Critical Care Nursing Quarterly: May 2000 - Volume 23 - Issue 1 - p 28-34 Buy Abstract In the early 1970s, patients underwent myocardial revascularization with a radial artery graft. Soon after its introduction as an additional arterial conduit, postprocedural complications were observed, and the use of this conduit was abandoned. A resurgence of the radial artery as a free graft was seen 20 years later. This article will discuss the background, renewing interests in the use of the radial artery, selection of candidates, perioperative preparation, medical/nursing considerations, and postoperative outcomes from an interdisciplinary approach. Copyright © 2000 by Aspen Publishers, Inc.