Gastric Lavage: Yes or No?

Antique gastric pump.
(Wikimedia Commons photo)

According to an EMRAP article, orogastric lavage was considered a standard procedure. It has never been proven to be of benefit. There are no recent studies. Although it was thought that removing the gastric contents might decrease the severity of the overdose, this is probably not the case. Why? Listen to the podcast or read the bullet points of the May 2018 article called “Pumping the Stomach” No More, by Anand Swaminathan MD and Sean Nordt MD, PharmD.

Do you still lavage for poison overdose? What substances? Leave a comment and share your knowledge.

Who Knew?¬†Unlike many of our simpler medical and surgical instruments, mention of the stomach and duodenal tubes is not to be found in the classical writings of the ancient Greek and Arabian physicians…the somewhat uncertain origin of the stomach tube may be placed at about 144 years ago. Precursors of the stomach tube, however, were in common usage as early as the days of Imperial Rome. (Annals of Internal Medicine; The History of the Invention and Development of the Stomach and Duodenal Tubes by John R. Paine, MD)

 

 

 

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