Hydrogen fluoride toxicity

Background

  • Hydrogen fluoride (HF) is a byproduct of standard fire suppression systems.[1]

Clinical Features

Differential Diagnosis

Burns

Evaluation

Management

  • Treatment is supportive.
    • If hypocalcemia is present, administer nebulized calcium gluconate (1.5 ml of 10% calcium gluconate in 4.5 ml water) q4hr until normalization of serum calcium levels. [4]
    • In the absence of significant burns, consider steroids if symptoms do not improve. [5]

Disposition

Complications

See Also

External Links

References

  1. JOINT TRAUMA SYSTEM CLINICAL PRACTICE GUIDELINE (CPG ID: 12)
  2. JOINT TRAUMA SYSTEM CLINICAL PRACTICE GUIDELINE (CPG ID: 12)
  3. JOINT TRAUMA SYSTEM CLINICAL PRACTICE GUIDELINE (CPG ID: 12)
  4. JOINT TRAUMA SYSTEM CLINICAL PRACTICE GUIDELINE (CPG ID: 12)
  5. JOINT TRAUMA SYSTEM CLINICAL PRACTICE GUIDELINE (CPG ID: 12)
  6. JOINT TRAUMA SYSTEM CLINICAL PRACTICE GUIDELINE (CPG ID: 12)