from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A washing, especially of a hollow organ, such as the stomach or lower bowel, with repeated injections of water.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A laving or washing; in medicine, the process of cleansing by injection of fluids; specifically, the washing out of the stomach, as in gastritis.
- An obsolete form of
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- noun A
- noun medicine A washing of a hollow organ.
- verb medicine To
washa hollow organ
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- noun washing out a hollow organ (especially the stomach) by flushing with water
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
The use of deferoxamine in the lavage solution is controversial.
Aspiration can occur at the time of ingestion, or during vomiting or gastric lavage. 9 Aspiration can occur from minute amounts of hydrocarbon.
Early gastrointestinal decontamination, including gastric lavage, may be life-saving.
The risk of aspiration during vomiting or lavage far outweighs any benefit from removal of the substance.
If there is evidence of iron tablets in the stomach, lavage with a 1-5percent sodium bicarbonate solution may be instituted as it theoretically results in the formation of the less absorbable ferrous carbonate; however, clinical benefits are questionable.
Gastric lavage should be performed with a large bore gastric tube to remove all tablets until the return is clear.
Standard decontamination procedures should be followed in the conscious patient, including emesis with syrup of ipecac or gastric lavage, activated charcoal and a cathartic.
Ipecac's safety in the elderly has not been established, and may even have adverse effects. 18 Gastric lavage and activated charcoal are the preferred methods for GI decontamination in the older adult. 6
If bowel sounds are absent, at least one dose of activated charcoal can be administered and then removed by lavage within two hours in order to avoid concretions.
Decontamination: Orogastric lavage with saline followed by activated charcoal.