Underutilisation of Oral Rehydration in the Treatment of Gastroenteritis
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Oral rehydration therapy (ORT) has now been used successfully in many countries. The best indication of its effectiveness is a decrease in mortality, and this has been demonstrated in a number of studies in developing communities. In developed communities where mortality from acute diarrhoea is already low, ORT has been underutilised. Here, the general practitioner has a key role, and it is vitally important to appreciate that ORT is first-line treatment, with no place for drug therapy in most cases.
KeywordsGastroenteritis British Medical Journal Colistin Loperamide Acute Gastroenteritis
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