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Pregnancy-Adapted YEARS Algorithm for PE – Ready for Prime Time?

Background: The clinical diagnosis of pulmonary embolism (PE) can be challenging given its variable presentation, thus requiring dependence on objective testing. Decision instruments such as PERC and the Wells’ score help stratify patients to low or high probability, enabling focused …

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Cardiovascular

The True Prevalence of PE in ED Syncope Patients

Background: Syncope, defined as a transient loss of consciousness with a complete recovery, is a common ED presentation. There are numerous causes of syncope ranging from the relatively benign (eg vasovagal syncope) to the potentially life-threatening (eg dysrhythmia, ectopic pregnancy, …

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Thoracic and Respiratory

Classic Journal Review – Wells + Dimer to Rule Out PE

EM Journal Update: Safety of Using Wells’ Clinical Model With D-Dimer To Manage Patients In The ED With Suspected Pulmonary Embolism Background: In the US, pulmonary embolism (PE) kills 100,000 people each year and over 360,000 new cases of PE …

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Thoracic and Respiratory

D-Dimer and Pregnancy: The DiPEP Study

Background: Pulmonary embolism is the leading cause of death in pregnancy and the puerperium – accounting for nearly 20% of maternal deaths in the United States – making rapid and accurate diagnosis critically important for emergency physicians, OB/GYNs, and all …

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Obstetrics and GynecologyThoracic and Respiratory

Altitude Adjusted PERC Oxygen Saturation

The PERC rule has been a welcome addition to the emergency department evaluation of patients with chest pain or dyspnea suspected of pulmonary embolism. This has allowed a reduction in D-dimer testing in low risk patients. The traditional saturation cut-off of …

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Thoracic and Respiratory

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