Detecting, Managing, and Preventing Pulmonary Embolism

Penny L. Andrews, BSN, RN, and Nader M. Habashi, MD, FACP, FCCP



Reducing your patients' risk of deep vein thrombosis can help stave off the potentially lethal threat of pulmonary embolism. Pulmonary embolism (PE) occurs when a pulmonary artery becomes blocked -- usually by a blood clot that has broken free from its site of origin and embolized or migrated to the lungs. If misdiagnosed, unrecognized, or untreated, PE can cause death quickly -- within just an hour. It is fatal in up to 26% of cases.

Purpose/Goal: To help nurses enhance their ability to care for patients with pulmonary embolism (PE).


1. Describe the pathophysiology of PE.
2. Identify the signs and symptoms of PE.
3. Discuss the management of PE.


Both authors work at R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Penny L. Andrews, BSN, RN, is a staff nurse and Nader M. Habashi, MD, FACP, FCCP, is the Medical Director of the Multitrauma Critical Care Unit.

The planners and authors of this CNE activity have disclosed no relevant financial relationships with any commercial companies pertaining to this activity.

Contact Hours: 1.6

Expiration Date: 3/31/2014


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