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What is a Saddle Pulmonary Embolism (PE)?


Published: 04 June 2019

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Ausmed Explains... What is a Saddle Pulmonary Embolism (PE)?

Pulmonary embolism is a life-threatening condition.

As you can see from this diagram, it can be devastating should a clot form in one or both branches of the pulmonary arteries.

Saddle pulmonary embolism commonly refers to a large pulmonary embolism that straddles the bifurcation of the pulmonary trunk extending to the left and right pulmonary arteries.

If a patient has a saddle PE that includes both branches of the pulmonary arteries, it can be life-threatening.

Your patient may not be able to talk to explain how they are feeling, but they may appear clinically agitated. Know the signs and recognise a saddle PE early.

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Nicola Hunt
31 Aug 2019

This short video has enhanced my knowledge of this condition and I will use the new knowledge to improve my practice with patients at risk.

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Saras verma
10 Jun 2019

PE is a life threatening and I learned something new that saddle PE can block both the sides of pulmonary arteries.

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Gillian Hoskins
09 Jun 2019

What a good idea to present learning in this way

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Debra Schick
09 Jun 2019

This resource was a basic overview of what a saddle pulmonary emboli is. It listed patient’s at risk of developing pulmonary emboli and prevalence and prevention of pulmonary emboli.

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Gaye Witney
08 Jun 2019

Short, shrap and to the point

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Adele Hainsworth
07 Jun 2019

I loved the quick explain, I hadn’t even heard of the term saddle PE, only PE. It wouldn’t be something I would ask for an ‘explain’ myself as you can’t ask questions on something your not aware of. This is a great idea & quick tool to expand knowledge & share. Love that it’s free to patients as well as nurses.