Acute Pulmonary Embolism
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals offers a comprehensive Acute Pulmonary Embolism diagnostic, management and followup service.
Acute Pulmonary Embolism (PE) is a potentially serious condition where a blood clot enters the blood vesssels of the lungs and obstructs blood flow from the heart.
Although the majority of PE are small and there is low risk of complications, when PE is suspected, rapid and accurate diagnosis and management is important.
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals has developed a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary patient pathway, starting in the Emergency Department, that ensures PE are diagnosed quickly and effectively. Once the diagnosis is established, a robust severity assessment is undertaken, and the patient may be offered a supported ambulatory treatment pathway as an outpatient.
For those patients admitted to hospital with more complex PE, risk stratification and early discharge remain a priority. Utilisiing a variety of established medical therapies, patients can be offered a individualised treatment approach that suits their lifestyle.
Once discharged, a comprehensive mutli-disciplinary followup pathway is in place combining Thrombosis and Anticoagulant nursing teams, Pharmacists and Physicians specialising in Haematology and Respiratory Medicine. Patients are seen at serveral times points, including a 3 month PE followup clinic.
Close integration with the Pulmonary Vascular Disease Unit and Thrombosis clinic allosw for further investiagtion and followup of patients with potential complications of their PE.