Caustic cocktail

Background

  • Accident/injury that can occur to rebreather divers
  • Occurs when absorbent material (commonly Sofnolime and Intersorb) used to scrub CO2 from breathing gas is inundated with water
  • Significant water + absorbent medium --> highly corrosive alkaline-based liquid containing calcium or sodium hydroxide
  • Inhaling this liquid--> caustic chemical burns to lungs


Clinical Features

Differential Diagnosis

Scuba Diving Emergencies


Evaluation

Management

  • Supportive

Disposition

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Authors:

Claire