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Audit, research and guideline update
Investigating and managing suspected pulmonary embolism in an outpatient setting: the Leicester experience
  1. Yusuf Vali,
  2. Rahul Ladwa,
  3. Elaine Bailie,
  4. Jonathan Bennett,
  5. Catherine Free
  1. Department of Respiratory Medicine, Glenfield Hospital, Leicester, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Yusuf Vali, Department of Respiratory Medicine, Glenfield Hospital, Leicester LE3 9QP, UK; vali.yusuf{at}


Having established an ambulatory service for patients with suspected and proven PE, we reviewed our outcomes. All patients referred from June 2010 to May 2012 were analysed. Of 971 patients referred, 905 underwent complete assessment (66 admitted as ineligible). 754 (77.7%) patients were discharged and required no follow-up. 96 (10.6%) patients had PE confirmed of whom 70 (72.9%) were managed as outpatients. 14 (1.6%) patients have died since attending the clinic; no death was related to PE. This audit shows that ambulatory investigation and management of selected low risk patients with suspected PE is safe and reduces hospital admissions.

  • Pulmonary Embolism

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