Chapter 13. Pulmonary Embolism

  1. Brian H. Rowe MD, MSc, CCFP(EM), FCCP Professor Research Director
  1. Phil Wells MD, MSc, FRCPC Professor Chief Director of Clinical Research1,2 and
  2. Michael Brown MD, MSc Professor of Epidemiology and Emergency Medicine3

Published Online: 27 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444303674.ch13

Evidence-Based Emergency Medicine

Evidence-Based Emergency Medicine

How to Cite

Wells, P. and Brown, M. (2008) Pulmonary Embolism, in Evidence-Based Emergency Medicine (ed B. H. Rowe), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444303674.ch13

Editor Information

  1. Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Author Information

  1. 1

    Division of Hematology, Department of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

  2. 2

    The Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

  3. 3

    College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University, Spectrum Health-Butterworth Hospitals, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 31 OCT 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405161435

Online ISBN: 9781444303674



  • pulmonary embolism;
  • Venous thromboembolism (VTE) - deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE);
  • Cochrane Library, MEDLINE and EMBASE for systematic reviews and meta-analyses;
  • ventilation-perfusion (V/Q) scan or computerized tomographic pulmonary angiography (CTPA);
  • strategy for diagnosis of PE using V/Q - PE unlikely or low probability;
  • using diagnostic algorithms;
  • MEDLINE and EMBASE: pulmonary embolism AND (algorithms OR care maps) AND (morbidity OR mortality)


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Case scenario

  • Background

  • Clinical questions

  • General search strategy

  • Critical review of the literature

  • Conclusions

  • Acknowledgments

  • References