What is the initial emergency department (ED) care for abdominal pain in elderly persons?

Updated: Jul 17, 2018
  • Author: E David Bryan, MD; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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Care in the emergency department is dictated by the severity of presentation. Assess airway, breathing, circulation (ABCs) and vital signs immediately. Place patients on a monitor and start an intravenous (IV) or heparin lock. Administer oxygen to patients who appear to be seriously ill.


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