What is the role of neutralization in the emergency department care of caustic ingestions?

Updated: Dec 09, 2020
  • Author: Derrick Lung, MD, MPH, FACEP, FACMT; Chief Editor: David Vearrier, MD, MPH  more...
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Do not administer a weak acid in alkaline ingestions or a weak alkaline agent in acid ingestions. This may cause an exothermic reaction, with damage from the resulting heat. In addition, the risk of emesis makes this a hazardous intervention.


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