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Education, Research, and Quality Improvement: Education, Research, and Quality Improvement II |

Use of CT Pulmonary Angiograms (CTPA) in the Diagnosis of Pulmonary Embolism (PE) in the ED of a Community Hospital

Asad Shafiq, MBBS; Muhammad Khan, MBBS; Najma Nawaz; Amir Bista; James Walsh; Victor Kolade
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Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA


Copyright 2016, American College of Chest Physicians. All Rights Reserved.


Chest. 2016;150(4_S):619A. doi:10.1016/j.chest.2016.08.711
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SESSION TITLE: Education, Research, and Quality Improvement II

SESSION TYPE: Original Investigation Poster

PRESENTED ON: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM

PURPOSE: PE is one the most common medical emergencies. CTPA is considered investigation of choice for diagnosing PE and its use has rapidly increased since introduction. CTPA has potential harms, which include radiation exposure and possibility of detecting and treating clinically insignificant pulmonary emboli with anticoagulation. Current guidelines from multiple societies recommend against ordering CTPA in low risk patient population. Our study looks at the inappropriate use of CTPA through clinical risk stratification in the ED at time of initial presentation.

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