Title

Organophosphorus insecticide poisoning: management in surgical intensive care unit

Document Type

Article

Department

Anaesthesia

Abstract

Objective: To evaluate the outcome of patients with organophosphorus poisoning.Design: Descriptive (non-interventional) study.PLACE AND DURATION OF STUDY: Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Civil Hospital Karachi, from January 1996 to December 2002.PATIENTS AND Methods: Medical records of all the patients with organophosphorus poisoning, admitted during the study period, were reviewed. Their clinical features, complications, management and survival were noted.Results: Out of 52 patients, admitted to surgical intensive care unit during the study period, 92.31% survived and were discharged to medical wards. Major cause of mortality (7.69 %) was acute respiratory distress syndrome.CONCLUSION: The common cause of mortality in organophosphorus poisoning is aspiration pneumonia leading to acute respiratory distress syndrome that is preventable by securing the airway early in emergency room.

Publication

Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan

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