Q&A: Guideline updates for nonvariceal GI bleeding

New endoscopic techniques and changes in the pharmacologic landscape prompted an update in guidelines for managing patients with nonvariceal upper GI bleeding.
A multidisciplinary group of experts from 11 countries updated the 2010 International Consensus clinical practice guidelines, including making recommendations for initiating fluid resuscitation, how to manage patients on anticoagulation or antiplatelet therapy, and hemoglobin threshold for blood transfusions in patients with nonvariceal upper GI bleeding.
Lead author of the guidelines, Alan N. Barkun, MD, CM, FRCP(C), FACP, FACG, AGAF,

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