Pulmonary embolism in major trauma patients.

  title={Pulmonary embolism in major trauma patients.},
  author={Kelly O'Malley and Steven E Ross},
  journal={The Journal of trauma},
  volume={30 6},
In a 1-year retrospective review, 30 pulmonary emboli were diagnosed among 1,316 trauma patients who survived for at least 24 hours after admission to a Level I trauma center. Pelvic fractures, age over 55 years, severe single or multiple system trauma, and cannulation of central veins all appear to place injured patients at increased risk. Long bone fractures were not associated with an increased risk. The majority of pulmonary emboli were diagnosed during the first week of hospitalization… CONTINUE READING

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