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GI Bleeding Deaths Drop in U.S., Study Finds

Posted 22 Oct 2012 by

MONDAY, Oct. 22 – Treatment advances have led to a reduction in deaths from upper gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding in the United States over the past two decades, a new study shows. Researchers analyzed nationwide data on patients hospitalized with upper gastrointestinal bleeding and found that the death rate fell from 4.69 percent in 1989 to 2.13 percent in 2009, and the length of hospital stay decreased from 4.5 days to 2.8 days. On the other hand, overall hospital costs of gastrointestinal bleeding rose from $3.3 billion in 1989 to more than $7.6 billion in 2009, according to the researchers at Harvard University and Brigham and Women's Hospital. The study was scheduled for presentation Monday at an American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) meeting, in Las Vegas. The results show "we are decreasing mortality from upper GI bleeding, and we are doing so more efficiently than before," ... Read more

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