Arterial Closure

What is Arterial Closure? Arterial closure is a procedure to seal the blood vessel after a vascular intervention. Traditionally, mechanical pressure at the site was used to achieve hemostasis. However, the inefficiency and discomfort to the patient, who has to remain immobile for several hours, has led to the development of vascular closure devices.

The three most commonly used vascular closure devices include:

  • Collagen plug-based devices
  • Suture-based devices
  • Nitinol clip-based devices


Benefits of Arterial Closure

  • Achievement of complete hemostasis safely
  • Reduction of time to hemostasis
  • Faster time to ambulation of the patient
  • Improved patient comfort


Possible Complications of Arterial Closure

  • Ischemia caused by stenosis or embolus
  • Hemorrhage
  • Infection

Source: Saleem T, Baril DT. Vascular Access Closure Devices. [Updated 2022 Sep 26]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2022 Jan-. Available from: