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Title: Methanol poisoning: a review and case study of four patients from central Australia.
Authors: Williams, G F
Hatch, F J
Bradley, M C
Affiliation: Alice Springs Hospital, Northern Territory..
Issue Date: Dec-1997
Citation: Australian critical care : official journal of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses 1997-12; 10(4): 113-8
Abstract: Methanol intoxication, a rare and potentially lethal form of poisoning, usually results from ingestion and occasionally inhalation of methanol. Initial symptoms of blurred vision, elongated anion gap and metabolic acidosis are typically delayed and may not at first be recognised as methanol-related complaints. Once diagnosed, treatment must be prompt and definitive. As well as general supportive care, ethanol infusion, dialysis and alkalinization from the mainstays of treatment. The cases described in this paper are compared to previous reports from other countries worldwide and contrast the variance in outcome often seen in methanol poisoning. The paper describes two tragic deaths and two lucky survivors, all of whom had consumed a cocktail of methanol and other alcoholic beverages at the same party. The ICU nurse's role in managing the methanol-intoxicated patient relies on that person's sound knowledge of the unusual biochemical reactions occurring in the body and the need to institute definitive and supportive measures to help both patient and family recover.
URI: http://docs.prosentient.com.au/prosentientjspui/handle/1/10449
ISSN: 1036-7314
Type: Case Reports
Journal Article
Review
Subjects: Adult
Australia
Critical Care
Drug Overdose
Fatal Outcome
Female
Humans
Male
Methanol
Solvents
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