Søren Bøgevig, Mikkel Bring Christensen, Jonathan Aavang Petersen, Kim Peder Dalhoff, Tonny Studsgaard Petersen, Dorte Fris Palmqvist & Lotte Christine Groth Høgberg:
Indications for orogastric emptying in poisonings are rarely present
Ugeskr Læger 2018;180:V04180252
Orogastric aspiration (OA) without orogastric lavage has been the traditional gastric emptying method of choice in Denmark; this being based on national historic studies on poisoned patients. The treatment is still observed to be initiated prior to consultations with the Danish poisons information centre. In this review, we present relevant knowledge in the field of OA. The procedure should only be considered in very limited cases and never routinely. Also, an algorithm is presented for its rare use in relation to other more effective gastrointestinal decontamination methods.