Understanding OGIB

Understanding Obscure GI Bleeding


Approximately 300,000 hospitalizations that occur annually are due to OGIB and many of those may be attributed to readmission as well. GI Bleeding can be a mystery; diagnosis should not be. When it comes to obscure GI Bleeding, getting an accurate diagnosis can be a challenge. Endoscopy can provide clues, but the source of the bleeding may remain a mystery. This independent study module will explore diagnostic options and the role of endoscopic therapy in early diagnosis, leading to early treatment of Obscure GI Bleeding (OGIB)

Target Audience 

This learner-paced activity is intended primarily for RNs with a responsibility for or an interest in obscure GI bleeding. The presentation will also be of interest to allied healthcare personnel and MDs involved in endoscopy.

Learner Objectives

Upon completion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify three causes of obscure GI bleeding and the various diagnostic and treatment modalities.
  2. Describe Iron Deficiency Anemia
  3. Discuss various aspects of patient teaching
  4. Contrast the diagnostic tools used for OGIB.

Teaching Methodology

Participants will complete the web-based learning activity entitled “Understanding Obscure GI Bleeding”. They will read the article, then register to take the post-test and complete the evaluation on the website. They will submit the documentation as directed. A bibliographic reference is included for those wishing additional information.

Contact Hours

Upon completion of the entire program, achieving a score of 80% on the post-test, and submission of required documentation, participants will be granted 1 contact hour. No partial credit will be granted.


Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 08747, the District of Columbia Board of Nursing, Provider Number 50-574, the Florida Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 50-574, the Georgia Board of Nursing, Provider Number 50-574 and the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses, Provider Number 50-26112.

It is the responsibility of the licensee to verify acceptance of contact hours for relicensure.

NCCT: This program is acceptable for surgical technologist re-certification by National Center for Competency Testing


  1. Successful completion: Participants must register and complete the entire program, achieve a score of 80% on the post-test and submit required documentation.
  2. Conflict of interest: Planners disclose no conflict of interest. Subject matter experts, who consulted on the project, are employees of the commercial support entity and hereby disclose a conflict of interest.
  3. Commercial company support: Fees are underwritten by education funding provided by Medtronic GI Solutions.
  4. Non-commercial company support: None.
  5. Alternative/Complementary therapy: None

Certificate Issue / Replacement

Participants successfully completing the activity and submitting required documentation will be permitted to print a certificate of completion. Participants are advised to retain the certificate for eight years following activity completion.
Replacement of misplaced certificate is available from Educational Dimensions. There is a fee for this service. Request a replacement by contacting Educational Dimensions.

Next Page: Guide to Study (detailed instructions for completing the eLearning activity)