Lack of significant benefit to GI prophylaxis in non-ICU patients

By  |  February 14, 2011 | 

In this large retrospective propensity-matched cohort of patients hospitalized in a non-ICU setting for a LOS of at least 3 days, the risk of GI bleeding was significantly, but modestly, lower in those that received GI prophylaxis (adjusted odds ratio 0.63, CI 0.42 to 0.93). However, the number needed to treat to prevent 1 bleed was 770 (based on a prevalence of GI bleeding of 0.3%). Routine use of GI prophylaxis in non-critically ill patients should continue to be discouraged (abstract)

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Danielle Scheurer
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.

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