Management

If the patient is seen within 1 to 2 h, gastic aspiration and lavage should be considered. Activated charcoal is of no value.

The symptomatic treatment should follow the established principles of intensive care when needed. Mechanical ventilation should be liberally employed if respiratory depression is accompanied by pneumonia.

Hemodialysis will effectively remove isopropanol and should be considered at blood ispropanol levels above 68 mmol/l (4 g/l) and on clinical criteria if coma and sustained hypotension are present.

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