“Look at every path closely and deliberately, then ask ourselves this crucial question: Does this path have a heart? If it does, then the path is good. If it doesn't, it is of no use.” ~Carlos Castaneda

Sunday, July 22, 2007

PE's .... How do we know?

I ran across this post on Jerwin's ER about PE role out criteria. Although these criteria may not make it as standard here in the US. I thought it was applicable to orthopaedic surgeons.
The main goal of Pulmonary Embolism Rule-out Criteria (PERC) is to minimize unnecessary testing in PE, which is another way of saying, to prevent unnecessary ordering of D-dimer.
Please be aware that most of our guidelines for the prophylaxis and treatment of DVT and PE's comes from the American Academy of Chest Surgeons.

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