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Anesth Analg. 2001 Dec;93(6):1534-6, table of contents.

Cardiac arrest from inadvertent overdose of lidocaine hydrochloride through an arterial pressure line flush apparatus.

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Division of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland 21201-1595, USA.


An overdose of the antiarrhythmic drug, lidocaine hydrochloride, was inadvertently administered to a patient through an arterial pressure monitoring apparatus, resulting in cardiac asystole. This medication error demonstrates to all anesthesia care team members the importance of preventing similar occurrences.

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