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2017 : Glasgow treatment for bleeding is the best in the world

Glasgow is leading the world on managing patients with upper gastrointestinal bleeding, according to a new study in the British Medical Journal.

The international study found that a scoring system developed in Glasgow to identify which patients need to be admitted to hospital following an upper gastrointestinal (GI) bleed was the best way to assess and manage these patients around the world.

The Glasgow Blatchford Score (GBS) was developed by now retired Glasgow Public Health Consultant, Dr Oliver Blatchford in 2000 and is being used in hospitals around the world including the USA, Europe, New Zealand and Singapore. The GBS looks at a patient’s description of symptoms, pulse and blood pressure, as well as blood tests which are available in the first hour after they attend hospital.