What aspiration precautions are needed during treatment of delirium tremens (DTs)?

Updated: Nov 06, 2020
  • Author: Michael James Burns, MD, FACEP, FACP, FIDSA; Chief Editor: Michael R Pinsky, MD, CM, Dr(HC), FCCP, FAPS, MCCM  more...
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Aspiration precautions are often necessary. This may include placing the patient in the left lateral decubitus position or intubating the patient, depending on the patient's level of consciousness. Also, the patient should not be administered any oral medications or fluids.

Monitor and replace electrolytes as necessary, because persons with alcoholism often have low calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, and potassium


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