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Specialized gastrointestinal units for the management of upper gastrointestinal haemorrhage.
  1. J. D. Sanderson,
  2. R. F. Taylor,
  3. S. Pugh,
  4. F. R. Vicary
  1. Department of Gastroenterology, Whittington Hospital, London, UK.


    In 1986, 292 patients were admitted to a joint medical-surgical gastrointestinal unit with upper gastrointestinal haemorrhage. Fourteen patients died (4.8%) a mortality considerably lower than recorded in most series. The low mortality may result from the use of a specialized gastrointestinal unit to which all patients with upper gastrointestinal haemorrhage are admitted and managed with strict protocols for resuscitation, transfusion and surgery.

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