Sing RF, Marino, PL. A new perspective on stress ulcer prophylaxis . J Am Osteopath Assoc 1992;92(8):1026. doi: 10.7556/jaoa.19220.127.116.116.
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Gastric acid suppression by use of either antacids or histamine H2-receptor antagonist therapy is the mainstay of stress ulcer prophylaxis. Available evidence indicating an antimicrobial role for gastric acid calls for the reevaluation of gastric acid suppression. A pH of greater than 4.0 leads to bacterial overgrowth and colonization of the upper gastrointestinal tract which has been associated with nosocomial pneumonia, bacterial translocation from the gut, systemic sepsis, and. multiple-organ failure. The availability of alternative therapy should discourage the routine use of acid-suppression therapy in the critically ill patient.
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