NCEPOD pulmonary embolism report 2019Posted on: 22 Nov 2019
This report from the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD) is a review of the quality of care provided to patients aged over 16 years who have a pulmonary embolus managed in hospital.
The document also details key information for healthcare professionals working in primary care who will come into contact with patients with pulmonary embolism, such as mortality rates, risk factors and what clinicians can do to support patients.
Despite advances in the ability to prevent, diagnose and treat acute pulmonary embolism (PE) it remains an important cause of morbidity and mortality. Its association with air travel, hospitalisation, active cancer, pregnancy and some chronic conditions is well recognised and involves all age groups, including the young.
Estimates suggest that there are more than 25,000 hospital deaths in the UK each year from venous thromboembolism (VTE) and previous studies have shown that for every diagnosed case of a non-fatal PE there are 2.5 cases of fatal PE that were not diagnosed.
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