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Management of acute upper and lower gastrointestinal bleeding

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Last updated:1st Sep 2008

This guideline provides recommendations based on current evidence for best practice in the management of acute upper and lower GI bleeding, including the assessment and management of variceal, non-variceal, and colonic bleeding in adults. The guideline deals with the management of bleeding that is of sufficient severity to lead to emergency admission to hospital. Bleeding of lesser severity is subject to elective investigation and is not considered. The management of patients under the age of 14 is not covered by this guideline.

This guideline will be of interest to a range of medical professionals including acute care  physicians, gastroenterologists, gastrointestinal surgeons, endoscopists, pharmacists, anaesthetists and nurses. It will also be of interest to patients who have suffered from acute GI bleeding and to their carers.

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