A1 Journal article (refereed)
Early discharge and home treatment of patients with low-risk pulmonary embolism with the oral factor Xa inhibitor rivaroxaban : an international multicentre single-arm clinical trial (2020)

Barco, S., Schmidtmann, I., Ageno, W., Bauersachs, R. M., Becattini, C., Bernardi, E., Beyer-Westendorf, J., Bonacchini, L., Brachmann, J., Christ, M., Czihal, M., Duerschmied, D., Empen, K., Espinola-Klein, C., Ficker, J. H., Fonseca, C., Genth-Zotz, S., Jiménez, D., Harjola, V.-P., . . . Lankeit, M. (2020). Early discharge and home treatment of patients with low-risk pulmonary embolism with the oral factor Xa inhibitor rivaroxaban : an international multicentre single-arm clinical trial. European Heart Journal, 41(4), 509-518. https://doi.org/10.1093/eurheartj/ehz367

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Barco, Stefano; Schmidtmann, Irene; Ageno, Walter; Bauersachs, Rupert M.; Becattini, Cecilia; Bernardi, Enrico; Beyer-Westendorf, Jan; Bonacchini, Luca; Brachmann, Johannes; Christ, Michael; et al.

Journal or series: European Heart Journal

ISSN: 0195-668X

eISSN: 1522-9645

Publication year: 2020

Volume: 41

Issue number: 4

Pages range: 509-518

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/eurheartj/ehz367

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Partially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/67881

Additional information: On behalf of the HoT-PE Investigators.


To investigate the efficacy and safety of early transition from hospital to ambulatory treatment in low-risk acute PE, using the oral factor Xa inhibitor rivaroxaban.

Methods and results:
We conducted a prospective multicentre single-arm investigator initiated and academically sponsored management trial in patients with acute low-risk PE (EudraCT Identifier 2013-001657-28). Eligibility criteria included absence of (i) haemodynamic instability, (ii) right ventricular dysfunction or intracardiac thrombi, and (iii) serious comorbidities. Up to two nights of hospital stay were permitted. Rivaroxaban was given at the approved dose for PE for ≥3 months. The primary outcome was symptomatic recurrent venous thromboembolism (VTE) or PE-related death within 3 months of enrolment. An interim analysis was planned after the first 525 patients, with prespecified early termination of the study if the null hypothesis could be rejected at the level of α = 0.004 (<6 primary outcome events). From May 2014 through June 2018, consecutive patients were enrolled in seven countries. Of the 525 patients included in the interim analysis, three (0.6%; one-sided upper 99.6% confidence interval 2.1%) suffered symptomatic non-fatal VTE recurrence, a number sufficiently low to fulfil the condition for early termination of the trial. Major bleeding occurred in 6 (1.2%) of the 519 patients comprising the safety population. There were two cancer-related deaths (0.4%).

Early discharge and home treatment with rivaroxaban is effective and safe in carefully selected patients with acute low-risk PE. The results of the present trial support the selection of appropriate patients for ambulatory treatment of PE.

Keywords: cardiovascular diseases; embolus; patient discharge; home care; pharmacotherapy; anticoagulation; clinical trials; tracking; risk assessment

Free keywords: pulmonary embolism; home treatment; right ventricular dysfunction; management trial; Rivaroxaban; risk stratification

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2020

JUFO rating: 3

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