What is included in inpatient care for patients affected by cyanide toxicity?

Updated: May 30, 2020
  • Author: Inna Leybell, MD; Chief Editor: Michael A Miller, MD  more...
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Optimize oxygenation. Monitor disease resolution by clinical criteria, serial plasma lactate concentrations, and arterial and venous blood gases. Perform serial electrocardiograms (ECGs) for patients with cardiac dysrhythmias or complaints of chest pain. Monitor for delayed onset of pulmonary edema in those presenting with evidence of respiratory irritation. Discharge the patient when neurologic status and cardiovascular status have normalized and acidosis and other metabolic abnormalities have resolved.


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