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Weigh risks and benefits of acid-suppressive medication administration

KEY POINT

While acid-suppressive medications do reduce nosocomial gastrointestinal (GI) tract bleeding outside of the ICU, their use must be balanced with the facts that nosocomial GI bleeding is relatively rare and the number needed to treat to prevent one case is fairly high.

SOURCES

Herzig S et al. Acid-suppressive medication use and the risk for nosocomial gastrointestinal tract bleeding. Arch Intern Med. 2011;171(11):999–7.