Clinical Programs

Pulmonary Embolism Response Team (PERT)

The first Pulmonary Embolism Response Team (PERT) was created at Massachusetts General Hospital in 2012 by members of the CVE and our colleagues at MGH.

The PERT is a multidisciplinary rapid-response team that brings together different specialists to treat the most complex patients with PE. Experts in cardiology, cardiac surgery, emergency medicine, hematology, pulmonary/critical care, radiology, vascular medicine, and vascular surgery rapidly assemble to review a patient’s clinical presentation, assess the risks and benefits of treatments, and facilitate access to advanced therapies when indicated.

Since the first PERT was founded at MGH, hundreds of similar teams have been created around the world. There are PERTs on six continents and dozens of countries. The PERT model has been incorporated into societal guidelines and is considered a best practice for the care of patients with severe PE.

The CVE collects and analyzes data for the MGH Pulmonary Embolism Response Team (PERT), and has since the team was founded in 2012. The ongoing MGH registry now includes more than 1200 patients. CVE investigators have published dozens of peer-reviewed manuscripts describing the treatment and outcomes of patients with severe PE.

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