Acute gastrointestinal bleeding is responsible for 1% to 2% of all hospital admissions in the United States annually. An awareness of common and uncommon pathologies will allow the clinician to develop a plan for the diagnostic evaluation that will lead to a diagnosis and localization of the bleeding site. Successful diagnosis and subsequent treatment are dependant on selecting the diagnostic tests that pinpoint the bleeding source accurately and in the most cost-effective manner
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Diagnostic Approach to Common Medical Problems in the Hospitalized Adult| August 01 1997
Acute Gastrointestinal Bleeding
Holly M. Zimmerman, RN, MSN, ACNP-CS, CCRN;
*From the Cardiothoracic Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Department of Surgery and the Department of Surgical Nursing, Hartford Hospital, Connecticut
Reprint requests to Holly M. Zimmerman, RN, MSN, ACNP-CS, CCRN, B9I Cardiothoracic Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Hartford Hospital, 80 Seymour St., Hartford, CT 06102.
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AACN Adv Crit Care (1997) 8 (3): 449–458.
Holly M. Zimmerman, Kellie L. Curfmah; Acute Gastrointestinal Bleeding. AACN Adv Crit Care 1 August 1997; 8 (3): 449–458. doi:
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