ACP Best Practices for Pulmonary Embolism

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ACP Best Practices for Pulmonary Embolism:

  1. Use validated clinical prediction rules to estimate pretest probability
  2. Do not obtain D Dimer or imaging in patients with low pretest probability of PE and meet PERC RO criteria
  3. Get a D Dimer, and NOT imaging in:
    1. Moderate pretest probability
    2. Low pretest probability who do not meet all PERC rule out criteria
  4. Use age adjusted D dimer thresholds in patients >50yo
    1. Calculation: Age x 10ng/mL
  5. Do not get imaging in patients with D Dimer below age adjusted cutoff
  6. If high pretest probability, then:
    a. Get CT angio pulm arteries
    b. V-Q scan if cannot get CTPA
    c. Do not get D Dimer