Research IDs inpatient GI bleeding risk factors

01/14/2013 | Medscape (free registration)

Boston researchers said giving acid suppressing medication to hospital patients who are not critically ill may reduce cases of gastrointestinal bleeding. Guidelines do not recommend using the drugs routinely because there is a low rate of GI bleeding in hospital settings, but researchers said it was important to identify risk factors that may warrant treatment, such as age, male gender, liver disease, renal failure, sepsis and use of preventive anticoagulants.

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