Pulmonary embolism as a cause of death. The changing mortality in hospitalized patients.

@article{Dismuke1986PulmonaryEA,
  title={Pulmonary embolism as a cause of death. The changing mortality in hospitalized patients.},
  author={S Edwards Dismuke and Edward H. Wagner},
  journal={JAMA},
  year={1986},
  volume={255 15},
  pages={2039-42}
}
We studied the frequency and characteristics of death due to pulmonary embolism among all hospital and surgical patients in a university hospital from 1966 through 1980. Of 6,858 deaths, 3,412 autopsies were performed using a standardized and sensitive technique for pulmonary dissection. Our study showed that 6% of deceased patients (4.7% of surgical patients) had massive fatal embolism. Significant declines in embolism mortality were noted during this time period for hospital and surgical… CONTINUE READING