The Monday Memo
December 1, 2014 PITT DPT STUDENTS
“Penguins Pulmonary Embolism”
A few weeks ago, Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism (PE) after complaining of chest pain one day after practice. This is his second diagnosed PE since he underwent ACL repair last January. He is in stable condition but doctors report he will be out for at least six months while on a blood thinner regimen.
This case illustrates how unpredictable emergent conditions such as a pulmonary embolism can sometimes be. The PE was confirmed via imaging, but the red flags were picked up by the team PT and AT in the locker room. It is the responsibility of the physical therapist to detect the signs and symptoms of a PE and many other emergent health problems in patients within the clinic. Though it is rare, PE’s can occur in patients that you would least expect, even seemingly healthy individuals such as elite athletes and professional hockey players.
SPOTLIGHT: Kate Dunn, Danielle Demarco, and Becky Slater – For helping our classmates as we all enter our last round of tests for the term. Good luck in your exams!
– Michael Turnwald
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