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Crit Care Nurs Q. 2008 Oct-Dec;31(4):291-301. doi: 10.1097/01.CNQ.0000336814.04548.ec.

Gastrointestinal prophylaxis in critically ill patients.

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Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15212, USA. hsingh@wpahs.org

Abstract

Physiologic stress associated with illness and hospitalization is known to result in gastrointestinal ulceration, especially among the critically ill. The complication of this stress-related mucosal disease could be prevented with appropriate application of pharmacologic prophylaxis. Vigilance by the nursing staff is required to properly detect and manage the condition.

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