What is included in inpatient care for caffeine toxicity?

Updated: Aug 21, 2018
  • Author: David Yew, MD; Chief Editor: Michael A Miller, MD  more...
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See the list below:

  • Intensive care unit (ICU) admission is warranted for patients with seizures, clinically significant dysrhythmias, hemodynamic instability, or other signs of severe caffeine toxicity.

  • Patients who require ICU admission for caffeine toxicity should receive close hemodynamic monitoring as well as serial measurement of electrolyte levels, with particular attention to serum potassium levels.

  • Patients with mild symptoms of caffeine toxicity may be admitted to a general medical ward for observation.

  • Telemetric monitoring should be considered for all patients admitted for caffeine toxicity.

  • For stable patients with intentional overdoses, consider admission to a psychiatric unit.


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