Methanol intoxication

Author: MUDr. Lenka Baláková, Katarína Kačmárová, Romana Dúbravická

Institution: Faculty of Medicine at Masaryk University in Brno

Medical discipline: Emergency Medicine

Keywords: methanol | ethanol | intoxication

Educational evel: Undergraduate level | Graduate

Methanol intoxication has become a very actual topic within last year. The great danger of accidental poisoning lies in inability to recognize methanol while drinking it and distinguish it from ethanol and so avoid drinking greater amount of it. This algorithm takes us through the situation from ensuring the patient in prehospital care until professional treatment and therapy in the hospital.

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At first I want to thank you for doing such a good job and efforts to increase the level of knowledge in pre-hospital care and emergency departments. This algorithm describes the now-day problem and nearly forgotten method of intravenous alcohol use. Unfortunately, this theme is not only about the homeless people. The algorithm shows how to not underestimate first signs, even when we enter into the story without fatal consequences.

publikováno: 26. 12. 2012 | last modified on: 13. 9. 2019