What is the initial assessment of lower gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding (LGIB)?

Updated: Jul 26, 2019
  • Author: Burt Cagir, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Initial resuscitation involves establishing large-bore intravenous (IV) access and administration of normal saline. The patient's blood loss and hemodynamic status should be ascertained and, in cases of severe bleeding, the patient may require invasive hemodynamic monitoring to direct therapy.


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