Venous thromboembolism (VTE) may contribute to up to 12% of deaths in ICU and is the No.1 preventable cause of hospital death; asymptomatic events range from 10-80% in various medical and surgical groups
Venous thromboembolism in pregnancy: 25% of maternal mortality; x 5 increase in risk (venous stasis, hypercoaguable, vascular injury from delivery)
A patient has chest pain and shortness of breath. Is there a way to rule out pulmonary embolism without further investigation? Can you use the PERC rule?