An evaluation of the osmole gap as a screening test for toxic alcohol poisoning

Lynd, Larry, Richardson, Kathryn, Purssell, Roy, Abu-Laban, Riyad, Brubacher, Jeffery, Lepik, Katherine and Sivilotti, Marco (2008) An evaluation of the osmole gap as a screening test for toxic alcohol poisoning. BMC Emergency Medicine, 8. ISSN 1471-227X

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Abstract

The osmole gap is used routinely as a screening test for the presence of exogenous osmotically active substances, such as the toxic alcohols ethylene glycol and methanol, particularly when the ability to measure serum concentrations of the substances is not available. The objectives of this study were: 1) to measure the diagnostic accuracy of the osmole gap for screening for ethylene glycol and methanol exposure, and 2) to identify whether a recently proposed modification of the ethanol coefficient affects the diagnostic accuracy.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2015 15:04
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2018 16:31
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/51641
DOI: 10.1186/1471-227X-8-5

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