• 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.e2069Peer review
This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated softwareCorrespondence
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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