Pulmonary embolism a ‘health lottery’

Too many doctors are failing to follow the guidelines for treating and managing venous thromboembolism (VTE), according to a West Australian emergency medicine expert.

The result is over-screening, unnecessary radiation and overdiagnosis, particularly for pulmonary embolism (PE), he says.

Dr David Mountain (pictured) concedes the condition is complex and doctors “find it difficult to get their head around it”. But he argues that