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Diagnosis and Management of Acute Gastroenteritis in the Emergency Department (Pharmacology CME)

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  • Acute gastroenteritis (AGE) is inflammation of the GI tract, typically due to an infection. Predominant symptoms may include vomiting and/or diarrhea (though not always), along with fever and abdominal pain, in some cases.
  • Each year, AGE results in almost 500,000 hospitalizations and 5000 deaths.
  • A causative organism is never identified in approximately 80% of cases, and even when stool sample is sent, the organism is identified only 25% of the time.
  • Risk factors include travel to areas with poor sanitation practices, exposure to zoonoses, time spent in healthcare facilities, immunosuppression, and insufficient vaccination status.

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Authors

Brian Geyer, MD, PhD, MPH

Peer Reviewed By

Alexis Halpern, MD, FACEP; Ellen Sano, DO, MPH

Publication Date

March 1, 2020

CME Expiration Date

March 2, 2023

CME Credits

4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, 4 ACEP Category I Credits, 4 AAFP Prescribed Credits, 4 AOA Category 2-A or 2-B Credits.
Specialty CME Credits: Included as part of the 4 credits, this CME activity is eligible for 2 Pharmacology CME credits

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