Australian doctors use vodka drip to save tourist

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  1. dong20

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    "The 24-year-old man was taken to a north Queensland hospital two months ago after he swallowed a large amount of a potentially-fatal substance found in antifreeze in an apparent suicide attempt.
    Doctors at Mackay Base Hospital decided the best method of saving the unconscious man's life was to reverse the effect of the poison, ethylene glycol, by giving him pharmaceutical-grade alcohol.

    Dr Pascal Gelperowicz said that once the hospital's alcohol supplies ran out doctors sent out for a case of vodka and the unusual drip was set up.
    "We quickly used all the available vials of 100 percent alcohol and decided the next best way to get alcohol into the man's system was by feeding him spirits through a nasal-gastric tube," Gelperowicz said.

    His colleague Dr Todd Fraser said the patient was given about three standard drinks an hour for three days in the intensive care unit."

    Excellent.
     
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    That almost sounds like fun. Almost.
     
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    Typical North Queenslander. They're all such big drinkers up there he probably drank antifreeze for the free booze, not to kill himself.
     
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    This sounds like such a Queensland thing to do
     
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    Shame he missed it. I forgot to link to the article.
     
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    Yeah, that's why I said almost. It was stated that he was unconcious. He was the guest of honor at a very big party! Too bad he slept through it. I hope he had some vivid, unusual dreams.
     
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    I bet if they used Absinthe he would have had some nice dreams.
     
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    Too many ingredients. He had no use for wormwood, for example.
     
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    Indeed, and most people end up comatose after drinking not before. Still, he was Australian....:tongue:

    I wonder if one dreams in a coma, I've heard not.
     
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    No one really knows. Aren't they still on the fence about whether there is environmental awareness during a coma?
     
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