Venous thromboembolism (VTE) including both deep venous thromboembolism and pulmonary embolism (PE) accounts for numerous ED visits each year. Although PE and DVT are both clinical presentations of the same disease process, PE is associated with much greater morbidity and carries a seven-day mortality of 25%. In most cases, PE results as a consequence of untreated DVT. Prompt recognition and management of both DVT and PE is essential in order to improve outcome and minimize complications. This module will discuss VTE and its associated risk factors, review risk stratification in the ED, and outline management principles.
Phil Miller MD – 2013
Maria Ivankovic MD – module revisions 2018
Yasmine Mawji MD and Shirley Lee MD – editors