GIM Question 13

A nurse on your ward informs you that overnight a patient has had five bowel movements of what looks like melena stool.

  1. What symptoms and physical exam findings would suggest a dangerous GI bleed?
  2. Assuming the above physical exam findings are present in this patient, and you suspect an unstable patient, what is your immediate management at this time?

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