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Acute Gastroenteritis (AGE)
Clinical Practice Guideline

The Acute Gastroenteritis (AGE) Clinical Practice Guideline is intended primarily for use with chronologically aged children two months to two years of age with signs and symptoms of acute gastroenteritis (diarrhea of recent onset not caused by chronic disease) with or without accompanying nausea, vomiting, fever or abdominal pain.

Hotlinks:

Acute Gastroenteritis Algorithm
Clinical Dehydration findings observed 
Acceptable and Unacceptable Oral Rehydration Solutions
Acute Gastroenteritis Myths & Facts
Guidelines for Oral Rehydration
Diarrhea Care Card
Oral Rehydration Teaching Card
Vomiting Care Card 

These guidelines do NOT address all considerations needed to manage those patients with the following:

  • "Toxic" appearance or requiring intensive care,
  • Episodes of diarrhea lasting longer than ten days
  • Co-morbidities including immunodeficiency or those affecting major organ
    systems: Failure to thrive, diarrhea and/or vomiting accompanied by
    metabolic disorders.

Team Leader:

Ray Newman, M.D., General Pediatrics

Team Facilitator:

Debbie Tanking, R.N., M.H.A., Outpatient Infusion Services

Team Members:

  • Jackie Bartlett, R.N., Evidenced Based Program Manager
  • Anna Breiburg, R.N., M.S., A.R.N.P.-B.C., Emergency Medical Services
  • Lisa Carney, MD, Hospitalist
  • Janet Franzen, R.N., Nurse Manager, 4 Sutherland Tower
  • Charles Foushee, IT Programmer
  • Regan Jacobson, R.N., Emergency Medical Services
  • Jeff Michael, MD., Emergency Medical Services
  • Lloyd Olson, MD, Pediatrician in Chief
  • Ginny Rahm, R.N.C., Pediatric Care Center

    Guideline Published December 3, 2004


These guidelines do not establish a standard of care to be followed in every case. It is recognized that each case is different and those individuals involved in providing health care are expected to use their judgment in determining what is in the best interests of the patient based on the circumstances existing at the time. It is impossible to anticipate all possible situations that may exist and to prepare guidelines for each. Accordingly these guidelines should guide care with the understanding that departures from them may be required at times.

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