Pulmonaryembolism

When would you give fibrinolytics for a Pulmonary Embolism?

This Paucis Verbis card summarizes recommendations found in Circulation’s recently published Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association. Although it is rare to give fibrinolytics for a pulmonary embolism (PE) in the Emergency Department, it is important to remember when lytics are indicated.

PV Card: Fibrinolysis for Acute Pulmonary Embolism


Adapted from 1
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1.
Jaff M, McMurtry M, Archer S, et al. Management of massive and submassive pulmonary embolism, iliofemoral deep vein thrombosis, and chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension: a scientific statement from the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2011;123(16):1788-1830. [PubMed]

Hans Rosenberg, MD

ALiEM Contributor
Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
Ottawa Hospital

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