Orogastric lavage: a lifesaving procedure now forgotten.

Premalatha S, and Nik Azlan NM, and Maryam MF, (2014) Orogastric lavage: a lifesaving procedure now forgotten. Medicine & Health, 9 (2). pp. 150-154. ISSN 1823-2140



Orogastric lavage has been performed since 200 years ago for intoxicated patients. Due to the risk that outweighs benefits it has fallen out of favour for the last decade. A teenage girl presented to Emergency Department with history of ingestion of a bottle of pesticide within the time frame before gastric emptying. The girl was resuscitated, intubated and orogastric lavage was performed. Fifty cc of the toxic substance was siphoned and antidote of the toxin was administered. She was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit, subsequently recovered and discharge five days later. Definitive airway management, proper technique, correct selection of patients and adequate monitoring are paramount to the success of orogastric lavage.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:orogastric lavage; toxin; intubation; gastric emptying.
Journal:Medicine & Health
ID Code:8288
Deposited By: Mr. Muhammad Wafi -
Deposited On:20 Feb 2015 15:48
Last Modified:14 Dec 2016 06:46

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