Recurrent lactic acidosis secondary to hand sanitizer ingestion

Michael Wilson, P. Guru, J. Park

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Abstract

Due to their ability to decrease the spread of infection, hand sanitizers are now ubiquitous in health care settings. We present the case of a 50-year-old woman who was admitted with acute alcohol intoxication and had near complete recovery in 12 hrs. Subsequently, she was found unresponsive on the floor of her hospital room on two separate occasions. Evaluations revealed repeatedly elevated levels of ethanol, acetone, and lactate as well as increased anion gap and hypotension, requiring intensive care unit evaluation and intubation for airway protection. During the second episode, she was found next to an empty bottle of ethanol-based hospital hand sanitizer. She confirmed ingesting hand sanitizer in order to become intoxicated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-59
Number of pages3
JournalIndian Journal of Nephrology
Volume25
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

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Hand Sanitizers
Lactic Acidosis
Eating
Ethanol
Alcoholic Intoxication
Acid-Base Equilibrium
Acetone
Intubation
Hypotension
Intensive Care Units
Lactic Acid
Delivery of Health Care
Infection

Keywords

  • Acidosis
  • alcohol
  • anion gap
  • hand sanitizers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology

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Recurrent lactic acidosis secondary to hand sanitizer ingestion. / Wilson, Michael; Guru, P.; Park, J.

In: Indian Journal of Nephrology, Vol. 25, No. 1, 01.01.2015, p. 57-59.

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