Original Author: Dana Kindermann, MD Georgetown-Washington Hospital Center Dept. of Emergency Medicine
Submitted by: Saadiyah Bilal, Publications Committee, Co-Chair
56 y/o male BIBA, found in apartment by roommate with altered mental status x 24h, found lying in feces. Patient (pt) with multiple substance abuse related admissions and ED visits. On arrival, pt slow to respond, confused, A&O x 2, denies pain, takes 150mg PO methadone daily, denies other med/drug use. Initial EKG: QTc - 500ms, bigeminy. Pt loaded with IV Mg, IV fluids; all initial labs normal and pt transferred to floor. Three hours later, pt develops Torsades de Pointes (TdP).