Management of upper GI bleed

Author(s): Dr Peng Kwan Ng, Dr Elizabeth O'Grady

Hospital: Aintree University Hospital

Reference: RAD Magazine, 50, 585, 9-10


One of the most common medical emergencies in the UK is acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding (UGIB), with approximately one presentation reported every six minutes. Overall incidence of UGIB in the UK ranges from 84-172 per 100,000 of the population per year. Despite the advancement in medical therapies, the overall hospital mortality rate is still high at 10%. Prompt recognition and management of this condition is therefore important in optimising survival. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has produced a guideline on the management of acute UGIB in over 16-year-olds to assist clinicians in managing this condition.

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