When a patient’s life is in your hands, you need to know the risk factors, signs and symptoms of PE
By Sean Hulsman
Pulmonary embolism (PE) is the second leading cause of sudden cardiac arrest in the United States. However, the most prominent symptom of PE is shortness of breath – a symptom associated with many different disease processes. EMS providers need to be able to thoroughly assess patients for possible PE and, in order to do so, providers must have a working knowledge of the risk factors, signs and symptoms of PE.
Read EMS1’s 4 things EMS providers need to know about pulmonary embolism and take this quiz to test your knowledge.