Trends in emergency department use of gastric lavage for poisoning events in the United States, 1993-2003.

@article{Larkin2007TrendsIE,
  title={Trends in emergency department use of gastric lavage for poisoning events in the United States, 1993-2003.},
  author={Gregory Luke Larkin and Cindy Claassen},
  journal={Clinical toxicology},
  year={2007},
  volume={45 2},
  pages={164-8}
}
OBJECTIVE To determine current trends in the use of gastric decontamination for the emergency department (ED) treatment of overdose patients. METHODS In the National Health Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NHAMCS), a weighted sampling of U.S. EDs, overdose-related visits were examined using ICD-9 CM E codes and NHAMCS' "reason-for-visit" classification. RESULTS From 1993 to 2003 there were an estimated 11.68 million ED-treated poisoning events. Some 13.7% of those treated were lavaged. Rates… CONTINUE READING

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