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A massive pulmonary embolism treatment protocol: how trauma performance improvement affects outcome throughout the hospital system.
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PMID:  20336889     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Trauma performance improvement is the hallmark of a mature trauma center. If loop closure is to be complete, preventable deaths must result in significant change in management and the establishment of protocol-driven improvements so such an instance does not recur. The trauma performance improvement committee reviewed a case of a massive pulmonary embolus and determined that this was a preventable death. The hospital performance improvement committee then initiated a root cause analysis, which led to creation of a treatment protocol for patients with massive or submassive pulmonary embolism. A focused review of the first 6 months of the implementation of the protocol was undertaken. Four patients over a 6-month period had massive or submassive pulmonary embolus. All four had sudden death or near sudden death and were appropriately resuscitated. All four sustained right heart failure. Two patients were treated by catheter-directed fibrinolysis, one with catheter-directed suction embolectomy, and one by surgical pulmonary embolectomy. All survived with full neurologic function. Trauma performance improvement is the model by which all hospital performance improvement should be done. Preventable deaths can result in change, which can have a future impact on survival in potentially lethal scenarios.
Catherine Garrison Velopulos; Mark Zumberg; Priscilla McAuliffe; Lawrence Lottenberg; A Joseph Layon
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American surgeon     Volume:  76     ISSN:  0003-1348     ISO Abbreviation:  Am Surg     Publication Date:  2010 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-03-26     Completed Date:  2010-04-29     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370522     Medline TA:  Am Surg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  145-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Surgery, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Clinical Protocols*
Death, Sudden / prevention & control
Embolectomy / methods*
Pulmonary Embolism* / diagnosis,  etiology,  therapy
Severity of Illness Index
Thrombolytic Therapy / methods*
Tomography, X-Ray Computed
Trauma Centers / organization & administration*
Wounds and Injuries / complications*

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