One of the most dangerous complaints in all of Emergency Medicine is the GI Bleed. Especially upper GI bleeds when patients are complaining of coffee ground emesis or black sticky poop. This week we will discuss the overall approach to anybody who comes in with a GI bleed.

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Lo BM. Lower Gastrointestinal Bleeding. In: Tintinalli JE, Stapczynski J, Ma O, Yealy Yealy DM, Meckler GD, Cline DM. eds. Tintinalli’s Emergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Study Guide, 8e New York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2016. http://accessemergencymedicine.mhmedical.com/content.aspx?bookid=1658&sectionid=109430249. Accessed July 13, 2017.