Two-thirds of patients with low-risk pulmonary embolism hospitalized after ED visit

A significant number of low-risk patients who visited the ED for acute pulmonary embolism were hospitalized despite evidence supporting outpatient management, according to a recent study.
“In recent years, it has become increasingly clear that outpatient management for select low-risk patients with acute [pulmonary embolism (PE)] is a safe and feasible approach,” Nathan W. Watson, BS, from Harvard Medical School, and colleagues wrote in the Annals of Internal Medicine. “Despite this increasing evidence, recent work has suggested that many patients with low-risk PE are still

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