Acute Pulmonary Embolism


4.7 out of 5 (61 Reviews)



Post Assessment Questions


Expiration Date

31 Dec 2023

Last Reviewed

1 Jan 2021

Estimated Time To Finish

135 Minutes

Stay up to date on the latest medical knowledge

Start This Activity
Need Help?  If you have a system or content concerns, please contact

Activity Description

Acute pulmonary embolism is a common clinical condition with a variable clinical presentation, making its diagnosis challenging. This activity outlines the clinical features, diagnosis, and treatment of acute pulmonary embolism and highlights the role of the interprofessional healthcare team in improving the care and outcomes of patients with pulmonary embolism.

Activity Image

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Identify the etiology of acute pulmonary embolism.
  • Describe the pertinent findings for the diagnosis of patients with acute pulmonary embolism.
  • Explain the management options available for acute pulmonary embolism.
  • Outline the importance of collaboration and coordination among the interprofessional team members to diagnose and manage acute pulmonary embolism early and enhance the delivery of care for patients.

Author(s) / Contributors Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

Each author, editor, faculty and planning committee member have completed a disclosure form indicating that neither they nor their spouse/partner has a financial interest/arrangement or affiliation that could be perceived as a real or apparent conflict of interest related to the content of this activity.

COMMERCIAL SUPPORT: This activity has received NO commercial support.

Continuing Education Accreditation Information

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University, and StatPearls, LLC. The Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University designates this activity for a maximum of 2.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity is reported to the following Maintenance of Certification (MOC) boards:
American Board of Anesthesiology
  • Cardiac Anesthesia
  • General Operative Anesthesia
American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Pulmonary Disease
American Board of Pathology
  • Clinical Pathology
  • Pulmonary, Mediastinum
American Board of Pediatrics
  • Adolescent Medicine
  • General Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Pulmonology
American Board of Surgery
  • General Surgery

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be received in writing and a money-back guarantee is provided if not completely satisfied.

  • StatPearls and ETSU reserve the right to cancel any course due to unforeseen circumstances. StatPearls and ETSU will not be responsible for other expenses incurred by the participant in the unlikely event that the program is canceled.

Equal Opportunity

  • StatPearls and ETSU are Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action / Equal Access Institutions. 

Medium or Media Used:

  • Computer Requirements:  Internet Access
  • E-mail Address

Instructions for Credit

  1. Register for the activity and create a StatPearls login.     
  2. Review the required accreditation information:  Target audience, learning objectives, and disclosure information.
  3. Complete the entire self-study activity.
  4. Complete the post-test assessments.
  5. Successfully pass the post-test with a minimum score of 100%.
  6. Complete the evaluation survey. 
  7. Obtain a certificate.

StatPearls and ETSU adhere to ACCME Standards regarding commercial support of continuing medical education. It is the policy of StatPearls and ETSU that the faculty and planning committee disclose real or apparent conflicts of interest relating to the topics of this educational activity, that relevant conflict(s) of interest are resolved, and also that authors and editors will disclose any unlabeled/unapproved use of drug(s) or device(s) during their presentation. Detailed disclosure will be made prior to starting the activity.

The information provided at this CME/CE activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical/clinical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.

  • If you need help with the system or have a question about content, please contact, or call 727-289-9796.
  • If you have a question about the ETSU CME providership, please contact


Media Usage Rights

The contributors and editors of StatPearls have attested that all associated media (images and video) have been legally cleared for use with this activity.  All copyrights are reserved.

  • Name: '800px-Pulmonary_embolism_ECG.jpg' Attribution: Contributed by Wikimedia Commons, Walter Serra, Giuseppe De Iaco, Claudio Reverberi and Tiziano Gherli (CC-BY-2.0)
  • Name: 'Acute_ECG_ST_segment_elevation_mimicking_myocardia (1).mp4' Attribution: Contribute by Wikimedia Commons, Goslar T, Podbregar M. (CC by 2.0)
  • Name: 'Hampton Hump.jpg' Attribution: Contributed by Wikimedia User: Hellerhof (CC BY-SA 3.0


Donna V. on 12/29/2020

Deborah Z. on 2/14/2021

Frank T. on 3/5/2021

Simona S. on 3/19/2021


Kelly V. on 3/29/2021

Henrik H. on 4/19/2021


David L. on 4/24/2021

on 4/25/2021

Shantel B. on 4/29/2021

Sandeep S. on 5/7/2021

Laura C. on 5/30/2021

Sharon M. on 7/2/2021

Edward J. on 7/31/2021

Thiago C. on 8/20/2021

F P. on 8/21/2021

Lisa R. on 9/24/2021

Brent r. on 8/29/2021

Katherine N. on 9/2/2021

Allana R. on 9/8/2021

Erica O. on 9/11/2021

Doctor G. on 9/15/2021

Anundip G. on 9/21/2021

Christopher W. on 10/9/2021

Loved this so much! I am not in an acute care setting anymore and have forgotten sooooo much!! Thank you!

lee a. on 10/15/2021

John M. on 10/22/2021

Toni B. on 10/24/2021

ramaswamy r. on 10/25/2021

Valerie H. on 10/25/2021

ANWAR S. on 10/31/2021

Anne H. on 10/31/2021

Huy D. on 11/16/2021

Thomas C. on 11/16/2021

Not appropriate for RN CE. Topics such as diagnostic criteria, scan interpretation, and prognostic scales are not appropriate materials for the scope of practice of a RN.

Anne W. on 11/21/2021

Maura B. on 12/2/2021

rebecca n. on 12/8/2021

Colleen C. on 12/11/2021

IJAZ V. on 12/11/2021

Aaron p. on 12/13/2021

Santiago C. on 12/14/2021

Paul M. on 12/20/2021

Molly H. on 12/22/2021

Laurie K. on 12/26/2021

Emily S. on 12/27/2021

Adam K. on 12/27/2021

Adele L. on 12/29/2021

jaime r. on 1/3/2022

Dr J. on 1/3/2022

Paul G. on 1/6/2022

Prabhakar g. on 2/5/2022

Mary H. on 2/16/2022

Michael S. on 2/21/2022

Russell R. on 3/1/2022

devin n. on 3/2/2022

Kathleen H. on 3/4/2022

I was so please with the presentation

Miranda H. on 3/11/2022

Sandrine S. on 3/8/2022

shelley h. on 4/5/2022

Joseph M. on 4/7/2022

Clifford F. on 4/11/2022

MOLY T. on 5/11/2022

Charles D. on 5/14/2022

Unlimited Physician CME

Stay up to date on the latest medical knowledge with 6494 CME activities. In these online self-assessment activities, read our reference articles and test your knowledge with more than 7211 hours of CME.

Learn About Lifetime CME

6 Month Unlimited Physician CME

Access to all the Unlimited Physician CME activities in all specialties.

$249 per half year per user

1 Year Unlimited Physician CME

Access to all the Unlimited Physician CME activities in all specialties.

$349 per 1 year per user