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Poison Battery Cleaning Agent

A patient with dysphagia admits to having swallowed two gallons of a battery cleaning agent. Treatment will involve all of the following except?

A. Milk
B. NPO
C. Water
D. Correct acid/base disorders
E. Ipecac
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yea ipecac.,u don't wanna make chemical pneumonitis! but am not sure about milk should we give it?battery cleaner is acidic? milk alkaline?
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E. Ipecac- emetic
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the correct answer is ipecac
Ingestion of alkali agents found in battery/drain cleaners/detergents causes corrosive actions on the GI mucosa due to the alkali nature of these solutions. The treatment is to maintain airway control, correct metabolic disarrangements and prevent the patient from having further mucosa damage. Ipecac is a syrup that induces vomiting and can be used to remove poison from the stomach. It should not be used in treatment of corrosives, such as alkaline bases, strong acids or petroleum distillates as it may cause additional injury to the throat or aspiration when these solutions are vomited out. Similarly, gastric lavage would not be indicated to treat these types of poisonings.
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