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Medico-legal consideration of gastric lavage in acutely intoxicated patients
  1. Hyuna Bae,
  2. Kyunghwan Lee
  1. Department of Emergency Medicinal EWHA Womans University Medical Centre, Seoul, Republic of Korea
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr H Bae
 911-1 MokDong YangCheon-ku, Seoul 158-710, Republic of Korea; sincerebae{at}

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Gastric lavage is now known to be ineffective, unnecessary or hazardous in some circumstances where it used to be performed as a routine. Adverse effects are more likely to occur when gastric lavage is performed forcefully without the patient’s cooperation.1 There was little clinical evidence in support of gastric lavage improving prognosis in an acutely intoxicated state.2,3

In South Korea, there was the case of a patient who ingested …

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