Assessment of a patient presenting with suspected pulmonary embolism

Potts, Katherine
October 2012
British Journal of Cardiac Nursing;Oct2012, Vol. 7 Issue 10, p483
Academic Journal
Pulmonary embolism is a common cause of cardiovascular death with high mortality rates if left untreated. For this reason a prompt diagnosis needs to be made and this includes taking a comprehensive history using a standardised format. This article will first look at the pathophysiology of pulmonary embolism and then demonstrate the standardised format for history-taking with the use of a clinical case study exploring the presentation and management of a patient with suspected pulmonary embolism.


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