Lecture for May 9th, 2013: Do we need to admit all patients with pulmonary embolism?

This month, we will consider and discuss a clinical scoring system for pulmonary embolism (PE), the PESI score and whether or not we must admit everyone to be treated for PE by reviewing the papers below, and listening to an ERCAST podcast.

Listen to the ERCAST lecture here: Pulmonary Embolus Outpatient Treatment

Papers to be reviewed:

Erkens PM, Gandara E, Wells PS, Shen AY, Bose G, Le Gal G, Rodger M, Prins MH, Carrier M. Does the Pulmonary Embolism Severity Index accurately identify low risk patients eligible for outpatient treatment? Thromb Res. 2012 Jun;129(6):710-4.

Aujesky D, Roy PM, Verschuren F, et al. Outpatient versus inpatient treatment for patients with acute pulmonary embolism: an international, open-label, randomised, non-inferiority trial. Lancet. 2011 Jul 2;378(9785):41-8.