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About this information

NICE clinical guidelines advise the NHS on caring for people with specific conditions or diseases and the treatments they should receive. The information applies to people using the NHS in England and Wales.

This information explains the advice about acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding that is set out in NICE clinical guideline 141.

Does this information apply to me?

Yes, if you are an adult or young person (16 years and older) who:

  • has bleeding from the upper gastrointestinal tract

  • is in critical care (for example in an intensive care or high dependency unit) and who is at high risk of developing acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding.

No, if you are:

  • an adult with chronic (long-term) upper gastrointestinal bleeding

  • a child (15 years and younger)

  • bleeding from other parts of the gastrointestinal tract.

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