Does this patient have a severe upper gastrointestinal bleed?

@article{Srygley2012DoesTP,
  title={Does this patient have a severe upper gastrointestinal bleed?},
  author={Fletcher D. Srygley and Charles J Gerardo and Tony K Tran and Deborah A Fisher},
  journal={JAMA},
  year={2012},
  volume={307 10},
  pages={
          1072-9
        }
}
CONTEXT Emergency physicians must determine both the location and the severity of acute gastrointestinal bleeding (GIB) to optimize the diagnostic and therapeutic approaches. OBJECTIVES To identify the historical features, symptoms, signs, bedside maneuvers, and basic laboratory test results that distinguish acute upper GIB (UGIB) from acute lower GIB (LGIB) and to risk stratify those patients with a UGIB least likely to have severe bleeding that necessitates an urgent intervention. DATA… CONTINUE READING
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