Loop Recorder Implantation on a Telemetry Ward
© 2020 Elsevier Inc. The implantable loop recorder (ILR) is a valuable tool used in the evaluation of syncope, arrhythmia, and cryptogenic stroke. In the inpatient setting, ILRs are routinely implanted in the electrophysiology (EP) lab despite the low complication rate. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the safety, feasibility, and cost of implanting ILRs at the patient's bedside by both electrophysiologists and advanced practice providers (APPs). This was a single center, retrospective study of consecutive ILR implantations performed from February 2018 to May 2019. We examined 3 groups: implantations in the EP lab by electrophysiologists (EP Lab/MD), implantations at the bedside by electrophysiologists (Floor/MD), and implantations at the bedside by APPs (Floor/APP). Over 15 months, 152 patients underwent ILR implantation: 48 in the EP Lab/MD group, 57 in the Floor/MD group, and 47 in the Floor/APP group. The procedure duration was longer in the Floor/APP group (14.2 ± 5.9 minutes) compared with the EP Lab/MD and Floor/MD groups (6.8 ± 4.3 minutes, 9.1 ± 4.9 minutes, p <0.001). The overall complication rate was low (2.6%) with no differences between the groups (p = 0.83). The calculated costs per implant for the EP Lab/MD group, Floor/MD group, and Floor/APP group were $482.05, $162.82, and $73.08, respectively.