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Close observation in intensive care unit is required when naloxone infusion ends

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 07 December 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1480
  1. Simon Finfer
  1. Senior staff specialist in intensive care Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards, NSW, Australia 2065

    EDITOR,—T J Hendra and colleagues report the death of a young man from methadone toxicity.1 This case provides an important lesson that the authors have missed. The patient, who had a potentially fatal serum methadone concentration, was discharged from an intensive care unit to a general medical ward while receiving treatment with naloxone by intravenous infusion. The infusion stopped at 3 30 am, and 30 minutes later he was sleeping, but no report of his …

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