Characteristics and Outcomes of Patients Consulted by a Multidisciplinary Pulmonary Embolism Response Team: 5-Year Experience

Arkadiusz Pietrasik, Aleksandra Gąsecka, Paweł Kurzyna, Katarzyna Wrona, Szymon Darocha, Marta Banaszkiewicz, Dariusz Zieliński, Dominika Zajkowska, Julia Maria Smyk, Dominika Rymaszewska, Karolina Jasińska, Marcin Wasilewski, Rafał Wolański, Grzegorz Procyk, Piotr Szwed, Michał Florczyk, Krzysztof Wróbel, Marcin Grabowski, Adam Torbicki, Marcin Kurzyna

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(1) Background: Pulmonary embolism (PE) is the third most frequent acute cardiovascular condition worldwide. PE response teams (PERTs) have been created to facilitate treatment implementation in PE patients. Here, we report on the 5-year experience of PERT operating in Warsaw, Poland, with regard to the characteristics and outcomes of the consulted patients. (2) Methods: Patients diagnosed with PE between September 2017 and December 2021 were included in the study. Clinical and treatment data were obtained from medical records. Patient outcomes were assessed in-hospital, at a 1-and 12-month follow-up. (3) Results: There were 235 PERT activations. The risk of early mortality was low in 51 patients (21.8%), intermediate–low in 83 (35.3%), intermediate–high in 80 (34.0%) and high in 21 (8.9%) patients. Anticoagulation alone was the most frequently administered treatment in all patient subgroups (altogether 84.7%). Systemic thrombolysis (47.6%) and interventional therapy (52%) were the prevailing treatment options in high-risk patients. The in-hospital mortality was 6.4%. The adverse events during 1-year follow-up included five deaths, two recurrent VTE and two minor bleeding events. (4) Conclusions: Our initial 5-year experience showed that the activity of the local PERT facilitated patient-tailored decision making and the access to advanced therapies, with subsequent low overall mortality and treatment complication rates, confirming the benefits of PERT implementation.
Original languageEnglish
Article number3812
JournalJournal of Clinical Medicine
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2022


  • PERT
  • catheter-based therapies
  • pulmonary embolism
  • pulmonary embolism response team

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