What is included in prehospital care for ethylene glycol (EG) toxicity?

Updated: Dec 05, 2017
  • Author: Daniel C Keyes, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Sage W Wiener, MD  more...
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Emergency medical services should do the following:

  • Ascertain as much specific information regarding the identity of the ingested substance as possible.
  • If possible, obtain the bottle or container that held the ingested substance. Interviewing persons present at the site of the ingestion may be helpful in this regard.
  • Obtain intravenous access and administer crystalloid infusions.
  • Monitor cardiac function and determine blood dextrose level.
  • Airway management is a priority because of the risk of aspiration.

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