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      Category : Health Centers > Digestive System

Stomach Pumping

Alternate Names : Gastric Lavage, Gastric Suctioning

Stomach Pumping | Preparation & Expectations | Home Care and Complications

What happens right after the procedure?

After the stomach has been pumped, the person will be watched for any signs of toxic effects from the poison or overdose. The observation period depends on what was swallowed. It may involve monitoring in the hospital for 24 hours or longer.

If the overdose was intentional, the person needs to have one-on-one observation to prevent any further attempts at suicide. An evaluation by a mental health professional will need to be done after the person recovers from the overdose.

Material removed from the stomach may be sent to the lab for analysis. The results may determine whether an antidote is needed or if the person should be monitored longer in the hospital.

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Stomach Pumping: Home Care and Complications

Author: William M. Boggs, MD
Reviewer: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
Date Reviewed: 07/05/01

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