Common Street Drugs: Gamma Hydroxybutyric Acid (GHB)

Common Street Drugs: Gamma Hydroxybutyric Acid (GHB) is a topic covered in the Pocket ICU Management.

To view the entire topic, please or .

Anesthesia Central is an all-in-one web and mobile solution for treating patients before, during, and after surgery. This collection of drug, procedures and test information is derived from Davis’s Drug, MGH Clinical Anesthesia Procedures, Pocket Guide to Diagnostic Tests, and MEDLINE Journals. Explore these free sample topics:

-- The first section of this topic is shown below --

First Things First (assess & treat for the following)

  • GHB is a CNS depressant/anesthetic. Ingestion may result in respiratory & CNS depression. Maintain airway patency; support w/ oxygenation & ventilation if necessary.
    • Rapid sequence intubation if hypoxic or severe respiratory depression
    • Short-acting neuromuscular blockade indicated to prevent stimulation combativeness
  • Initiate cardiac monitoring & observe for bradycardia.
    • Treat hemodynamically significant bradycardia w/ atropine.

-- To view the remaining sections of this topic, please or --

First Things First (assess & treat for the following)

  • GHB is a CNS depressant/anesthetic. Ingestion may result in respiratory & CNS depression. Maintain airway patency; support w/ oxygenation & ventilation if necessary.
    • Rapid sequence intubation if hypoxic or severe respiratory depression
    • Short-acting neuromuscular blockade indicated to prevent stimulation combativeness
  • Initiate cardiac monitoring & observe for bradycardia.
    • Treat hemodynamically significant bradycardia w/ atropine.

There's more to see -- the rest of this entry is available only to subscribers.

Last updated: April 15, 2010