Aspirin Poisoning (cont.)
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Aspirin Poisoning Treatment
The treatment of aspirin poisoning has three objectives:
Gastric lavage may be beneficial, unless contraindicated, up to 60 minutes after salicylate ingestion. Warmed (38 C or 100.4 F) isotonic sodium chloride solution may be used. The airway should be protected before gastric lavage.
Dialysis is another way to reduce the amount of salicylate in the body. The same technique that helps patients with kidney failure rid their bodies of toxins can also be used to quickly eliminate aspirin from the body of a person who has been poisoned with aspirin.
Many doctors recommend a toxicologist be consulted for aspirin overdose.
Hanan Al Hammadi, MD
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