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Stomach Pumping-Blog

Nov 26, 2020
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CREATED July 2, 2013

 

Are you going to pump my child's stomach?

 

I can’t believe that I am still getting this question from the parents of adolescent ER patients who have overdosed on medications or drugs. “Pumping a stomach” ( also known by the fancy medical term gastric lavage )  was commonplace in the 1960’s to the early 1990’s, but has not been used extensively in nearly 20 years by most practitioners.

 

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