How is alcohol poisoning treated in the ICU?

Dr. Elif E. Oker, MD
Medical Toxicology

Alcohol poisoning is treated in the ICU with supportive care, medications to prevent the toxic side effects of alcohol and if needed, kidney dialysis.

Supportive care is care that assists the body in maintaining basic functions while it heals. This may include oxygen, heart and blood pressure monitoring and intravenous fluids.

Blood is tested for signs of severe poisoning including liver and kidney damage. Antidotes are available for some types of alcohol poisoning.  In some cases kidney dialysis may be required.

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