An internet-based clinical decision support system allowed physicians to quickly and easily identify patients with pulmonary embolism eligible for home treatment without the risk of rehospitalization or major adverse events, according to findings published in Annals of Internal Medicine.
“Many low-risk patients with acute pulmonary embolism (PE) in the emergency department (ED) are eligible for outpatient care but are hospitalized nonetheless,” David R. Vinson, MD, from the Permanente Medical Group and Kaiser Permanente Northern California, and colleagues wrote. “One impediment to home discharge is the difficulty of identifying which patients can safely forgo hospitalization.”
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