What Instructions Should You Give to Patients Regarding Ethylene Glycol/Propylene Glycol Exposure?
Course: WB 4342
CE Original Date: March 20, 2020
CE Renewal Date: March 20, 2022
CE Expiration Date: March 20, 2024
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- All patients with ethylene glycol poisoning should be evaluated and treated immediately.
- All patients exposed to ethylene glycol or propylene glycol need basic guidance on
- self-care, so they can minimize further risks and avoid complications to the extent possible, and
- clinical follow-up, so they understand when and why to return for further medical attention.
- ATSDR has developed a patient education sheet on ethylene glycol and propylene glycol that you might find useful. It is available at http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/csem/ethylene-propylene-glycol/docs/patient_education_and_care_instruction_sheet_Sept-2020-508.pdf [PDF – 317 KB].
Advise patients to avoid exposures and conditions that might further increase their risk for disease or worsen their existing health condition(s). You might offer the following advice to your patient:
- If you have any antifreeze in your home, keep it in original, labeled containers and securely stored and out of children’s reach.
- If you suspect that someone has ingested antifreeze, be sure he or she sees a healthcare provider immediately.
Patients should be advised to consult their healthcare provider if they develop
- any sign or symptom of CNS involvement, or
- signs or symptoms of other health changes (especially those possibly related to heart and kidney problems).
ATSDR’s patient education and care instruction sheet on ethylene glycol and propylene glycol is a job aid that provides relevant follow-up instructions for patients possibly exposed to ethylene glycol or propylene glycol including follow-up instructions.
- Advise patients to avoid exposures and conditions that might further increase their risk for disease or worsen their existing health condition(s).
- Patients should seek immediate evaluation if they develop neurological problems or other health changes after exposure.
- A patient education and care instruction sheet for ethylene glycol and propylene glycol is available at: http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/csem/egpg/pated_sheet.html