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Alcohol Poisoning Treatment

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Typically, the hardest part regarding alcohol poisoning treatment is making the correct decision to seek immediate medical assistance.

If someone who has been drinking excessively persists in falling asleep, waken him or her.

If the individual who has been drinking excessively does not waken easily and continues to fall asleep, call 911 for immediate emergency medical assistance.

Making the Decision To Seek Immediate Medical Help

The hardest part about saving someone from alcohol poisoning, usually does not take place in the hospital emergency room.

Nor does saving a person from alcohol poisoning commonly involve complicated alcohol overdose treatment.

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Instead, the hardest part of responding to and dealing appropriately with a person with alcohol poisoning seems to be making the decision to seek immediate medical help.

The fear of embarrassment, possible legal repercussions (for example, for underage drinkers), public humiliation, or a lack of knowledge about the symptoms and the severity of alcohol poisoning can lead to hesitancy, which can be deadly.

If an individual who has been drinking heavily continues to fall asleep, waken him or her. If the individual does not respond easily, it is time to call 911 and ask for immediate medical help.

In addition, do not assume that the individual will simply "sleep it off" or would prefer not to be disturbed. Doing so not only prevents the person from getting the alcohol poisoning treatment he or she needs, but it also means that the person may never awaken if in fact he or she is suffering from alcohol poisoning.

Furthermore, getting the person home and in bed is not a solution, and may actually place the drinker at risk due to the fact that he or she is no longer being observed.

Finally, if you reasonably believe that other drugs were also ingested, be sure to tell the ambulance driver or medical personnel.

This information is critical due to the fact that drinking alcohol in combination with other drugs, legal or illegal, accounts for approximately 33% of all drug overdose cases in the United States.

Treatment For Alcohol Poisoning at the Hospital

After the call has been placed for immediate medical assistance and emergency medical services arrives on the scene, the person who is experiencing alcohol poisoning will most likely be transported to a hospital for alcohol poisoning treatment.

At the hospital, treatment for alcohol poisoning usually entails pumping the person's stomach.

Also known as gastric lavage or gastric irrigation, pumping an individual's stomach involves the passage of a tube through the individual's nose or mouth down into the stomach, followed by the pumping in and then the removal of small amounts of saline.

The saline removal process is repeated until the returning fluid is clear (an indication that the stomach contains no further gastric contents).

Conclusion: Alcohol Poisoning and Treatment

The most difficult part concerning alcohol poisoning treatment is making the decision to seek immediate medical assistance.

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For instance, if a person who has been drinking abusively continues to fall asleep, waken him or her. If the individual does not respond easily and continues to fall asleep, it is time to call 911 and ask for immediate help.

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