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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.

Objective of the Care Process Model

To provide care standards for the patient presenting with acute gastroenteritis. The aim of this clinical pathway is to provide guidance for the diagnosis of viral, bacterial, and parasitic gastroenteritis, the management of associated symptoms such as dehydration, vomiting, and hypoglycemia, and considerations for treatment and follow-up care

Target Users

Physicians (Emergency Medicine, Urgent Care, Hospital Medicine, Primary Care Clinic, Fellows, Residents); Nurse Practitioners; Nurses




Finalized Oct 2020; Revised Feb 2024

Care Process Models are updated on a revision schedule. Primary files will always be the most current update. Previous revisions are available upon request from Children’s Mercy Library Services.

Clinical Pathways promote evidence based, safe, and high-value care for patients by providing clinical recommendations and standard processes. They are developed by multidisciplinary committees of subject matter experts, informed by methodical review of available evidence and consensus among committee members.

Acute Gastroenteritis: Emergency Department/Urgent Care Centers

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