The nurse is caring for a client with a diagnosis of upper GI bleeding. Which findings on physical assessment are consistent with this diagnosis?

  1. increased heart rate
  2. decreased heart rate
  3. increased hemoglobin
  4. bounding peripheral pulses
Number 1 is correct.
Rationale: Upper GI bleeding causes an increased heart rate, decreased hematocrit and hemoglobin, and weak peripheral pulses.