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Food asphyxiation in hospitalized patients.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  577229     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
During a five-year period, food asphyxiation caused 1.3% of all deaths of patients who came to autopsy at a hospital for chronic diseases. Patients died suddendly, during or shortly after meals. Acute myocardial infarction was mistakenly diagnosed in eight of the 14 patients until autopsy was performed. Sedation, old age, and poor dentition predisposed to aspiration. Food asphyxiation is a common problem whenever and wherever people eat. To minimize its occurrence in hospitalized patients, sedatives should be prescribed judiciously, and diets ordered appropriately. Physicians should learn the simple methods of extracting inhaled food.
R S Irwin; J K Ashba; S S Braman; H Y Lee; W M Corrao
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  JAMA     Volume:  237     ISSN:  0098-7484     ISO Abbreviation:  JAMA     Publication Date:  1977 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1977-07-29     Completed Date:  1977-07-29     Revised Date:  2014-09-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7501160     Medline TA:  JAMA     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  2744-5     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Airway Obstruction / diagnosis,  etiology*,  mortality
Death, Sudden
Diagnosis, Differential
Foreign Bodies / complications*
Hypnotics and Sedatives / adverse effects
Middle Aged
Mouth, Edentulous / complications
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Hypnotics and Sedatives

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