Developing a Successful Pulmonary Embolism (PE) Programme
Pulmonary Embolism (PE) Alert Checklist
Pre-hospital identification is a vital initial step in the emergency medical management of PE. A symptoms-based screening tool facilitates rapid, standardised, symptomatic clinical assessment. Based on the assessment, routing the acute PE patient to the most appropriate treatment facility which offers the latest therapies and interventional technologies, including the EKOS system, will improve outcomes for patients.
Establishing a Pulmonary Embolism (PE) Patient Pathway
In order to facilitate a rapid, robust response to the diagnosis of PE, it is important to establish a multidisciplinary pulmonary embolism response team (PERT) and implement a PE Pathway.
The PERT model is based on existing multidisciplinary teams such as heart teams and rapid response teams. A PERT is composed of clinicians from the range of specialties involved in the treatment of PE, including pulmonology, critical care, interventional radiology, cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery among others.
*Treater (EKOS User): Clinicians treating with EKOS are typically interventional cardiologists, interventional radiologists, cardiothoracic, cardiovascular or vascular surgeons.
A PERT serves as a 24/7 consult service that is able to provide expert advice on the initial management of PE patients and convene in real time to develop a consensus treatment plan specifically tailored to the needs of a particular patient and consistent with the capabilities of the institution.1
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