Outcomes of ondansetron use in children with gastroenteritis in the emergency department: a literature review
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Outcomes of ondansetron use in children with gastroenteritis in the emergency department: a literature review

Elizabeth Lloyd-Martin Locum paediatric advanced nurse practitioner, emergency department, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Birmingham, England, and senior lecturer in children’s nursing, University of Wolverhampton, Walsall, England

Why you should read this article
  • To improve your knowledge of the management of gastroenteritis in children

  • To gain insight into the recent literature on the use of ondansetron to treat gastroenteritis in children

  • To reflect on your own practice when treating children with gastroenteritis

In the UK, the use of antiemetics in children with gastroenteritis is not standardised. The antiemetic ondansetron is often administered, in clinical practice, to children presenting with gastroenteritis. However, it is not listed in the British National Formulary for Children for use in gastroenteritis and it is not included in the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence algorithm for the management of gastroenteritis in children under 5 years.

This article discusses the findings of a literature review of the outcomes of ondansetron use in children with gastroenteritis in the emergency department. The article concludes that ondansetron appears to be a beneficial and useful adjunct to the treatment of gastroenteritis in children.

Emergency Nurse. doi: 10.7748/en.2021.e2069

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Correspondence

elizabeth.lloydmartin@wlv.ac.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

Lloyd-Martin E (2021) Outcomes of ondansetron use in children with gastroenteritis in the emergency department: a literature review. Emergency Nurse. doi: 10.7748/en.2021.e2069

Published online: 23 March 2021

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