Initial Assessment

As with most things seen in the emergency department, initial assessment and resuscitation should coincide.

The majority of patients with a lower GI haemorrhage will stop bleeding during initial resuscitation, allowing investigation of the source of bleeding to proceed as an inpatient.

The likelihood of locating the abnormality, the potential complications of the investigation and further treatment options will all need to be considered when deciding which investigation is the most appropriate.

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