A cohort study of unstable overdose patients treated with intravenous lipid emulsion therapy

Shazma Mithani, Kathryn Dong, Ashlea Wilmott, Heather Podmoroff, Nadim Lalani, Rhonda J. Rosychuk, Ryan Chuang, Mark C. Yarema
2016 CJEM: Canadian Journal of Emergency Medical Care  
Objectives Intravenous lipid emulsion (ILE) has been used increasingly over the last decade for a range of drug overdoses. Although the use of ILE in local anesthetic toxicity (LAST) is well established, the hemodynamic effectiveness of ILE in non-LAST poisonings is still unclear. Thus, the primary objective of this study was to examine a cohort of poisoned patients in whom ILE was administered. Methods Consecutive patients were identified by calls to a regional poison center from May 1, 2012
more » ... May 30, 2014. Patients were enrolled if they ingested a drug, developed hemodynamic instability, failed conventional treatment, and received ILE therapy. Data were collected by medical record review. The primary outcome was the change in mean arterial pressure (MAP) in the first hour after ILE administration. Secondary outcomes included survival, length of stay, and the effect of drug class on patient outcome. Results Thirty-six patients were enrolled. Agents ingested included calcium channel blockers and beta blockers (10/36, 27.8%), tricyclic antidepressants (5/36, 13.9%), bupropion (3/36, 8.3%), and antiepileptic agents (1/36, 2.8%). Seventeen patients (47.2%) ingested multiple agents. Twenty-five patients survived (69.0%). Overall, MAP increased by 13.79 mm Hg (95% CI 1.43–26.15); this did not meet our a priori definition of clinical significance. Conclusions Our study did not find a clinically important improvement in MAP after ILE administration. Until future research is done to more definitively study its efficacy, ILE should remain a potential treatment option for hemodynamically unstable overdose patients only after conventional therapy has failed.
doi:10.1017/cem.2016.396 pmid:27876104 fatcat:yloia3hlxrgj3mpxyhsnkwt2ry