Treatment of acute hypoxemic respiratory failure caused by chlorine exposure

Sabrina M. Heidemann, Mark G. Goetting

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Chlorine inhalation may rapidly cause pulmonary edema, leading to acute hypoxemic respiratory failure. We report a 12 year old with acute respiratory failure from inhalation injury after he accidentally dropped chlorine tablets into a swimming pool. Supplemental oxygen alone failed to provide adequate arterial oxygenation. We administered positive end expiratory pressure (PEEP) in the emergency department, resulting in markedly improved oxygenation. Early institution of PEEP should be considered in patients with chlorine poisoning when supplemental oxygen alone is insufficient.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-88
Number of pages2
JournalPediatric Emergency Care
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1991


  • Chlorine
  • Inhalation
  • Poisoning


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