Update on Stress Ulcer Prophylaxis in Critically Ill Patients

Spirt, Mitchell J.; Stanley, Sandra
February 2006
Critical Care Nurse;Feb2006, Vol. 26 Issue 1, p18
Academic Journal
The article presents an overview of the epidemiology and pathophysiology of stress-related mucosal disease (SRMD), medical management of SRMD and the role of intensive care unit nurses in improving the care of patients at risk for SRMD. The two types of mucosal lesions that SRMD encompasses include stress-related injury, which is diffuse, superficial mucosal damage, and discrete stress ulcers. The risk factors for gastrointestinal bleeding are discussed. The clinical features of SRMD are also detailed.


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