Continuing Professional Development: Vital airway management skills when treating a pulmonary embolism

Ray Higginson
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

OverviewA pulmonary embolism (PE) is an occlusion of the pulmonary artery that occurs because of a thrombus originating from a deep vein thrombosis. In this CPD module, we will highlight key steps in performing respiratory assessment of a patient with PE, and outline paramedic treatment and management of this condition. A PE results in ventilation with a reduced perfusion. Early intervention to maintain the airway and facilitate oxygen delivery can reduce PE-associated mortality.

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