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Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
Medknow Publications on behalf of the Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine
ISSN: 0972-5229
EISSN: 1998-359x
Vol. 13, No. 1, 2009, pp. 21-24
Bioline Code: cm09005
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine, Vol. 13, No. 1, 2009, pp. 21-24

 en Aluminum phosphide poisoning: Effect of correction of severe metabolic acidosis on patient outcome
Jaiswal, S; Verma, RK & Tewari, N


Forty patients of aluminum phosphide poisoning who were admitted to the ICU of Sir Sunder Lal Hospital, Banaras Hindu University, were studied. Restlessness, excessive thirst, shock, arrhythmias, tachypnoea, and severe metabolic acidosis were the common clinical findings. Only repeated and full correction with intravenous sodium bicarbonate was able to cope up with the severity and rapidity of acidosis. There was no significant change in blood pressure, pulse rate, and respiratory rate after full correction but gradually pulse and systolic blood pressure settled after ionotropic support in the survivors. There was significant improvement from 30.36% in the case when only half correction was done, as has been the common practice, to 57.5%, when full correction of metabolic acidosis was done.

DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.53111

Aluminum phosphide, arterial blood gases, poisoning, sodium bicarbonate

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