News from the AGA

Better manage acute pancreatitis to improve patient outcomes


AGA has a new clinical guideline on the initial management of acute pancreatitis, published in Gastroenterology. In the U.S., acute pancreatitis (AP) is a leading cause of inpatient care among gastrointestinal conditions with more than 275,000 patients hospitalized annually, at an aggregate cost of over $2.6 billion per year. The guideline focuses on patient care within the first 48-72 hours of admission when management decisions can alter the course of disease and duration of hospitalization.

Guideline recommendations

AGA’s new guideline aims to reduce practice variation and promote high-quality and high-value care for patients suffering from acute pancreatitis. It addresses questions on the benefits of goal-directed fluid resuscitation, early oral feeding, enteral vs. parenteral nutrition, the routine use of prophylactic antibiotics, and routine ERCP in all patients with AP.

The guideline is accompanied by a technical review, a new spotlight (infographic) and a patient companion infographic, which provides key points and important information directly to patients.

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