Sometimes, PE is the forgotten Time Sensitive Emergency - until you are faced with "that patient" an hour before the end of your shift.

Screen Shot 2018-02-22 at 11.57.18 AM.png“...a clinical assessment protocol proved to be as effective as blood testing and CT imaging in the emergency department setting for ruling out pulmonary embolism in very low-risk patients.” 

Investigators found that use of the pulmonary embolism rule-out criteria (PERC) was linked to “a lower initial PE diagnosis, along with an 8% decrease in unnecessary CT scanning and a median 40-minute decrease in ED stay, compared with usual care.”

Read the full study right here. 

James Woodson, MD

Written by James Woodson, MD

James is a board-certified Emergency Physician, and is the Founder and CEO of Pulsara.