Sunday, 25 May 2008

Drunken, Disorganised...

I'm on night shifts & I'm taking a very quick break for a much-needed sit down & a glass of water.

I must've cleaned my hands with alcohol gel about a gazillion times tonight (it's a Pavlovian respose to all the "clever" posters covering almost every flat surface in the hospital).

Anyway, I was wondering: - is it possible to get drunk from the additive effects of all the tiny amounts of alcohol I've absorbed through my skin?
I'm sure it isn't (I feel abs'lutely fine, Ociffer) but I haven't got time to check Google for research studies to make absolutely sure.

If you're having trouble sleeping, why don't you have a look and let me know?

Right, back to work
(er... I think I'll just get myself another glass of water first)

-Suman-

PS. For heaven's sake, don't read the post below this one, it's truly revolting.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Suman
I'm not sure about the possibility of inebriation from cutaneous absorption of EtOH in hand gel....though I can tell you one of my patients successfully got the task done by _drinking_ a bottle or two of 70% EtOH hand wash (in a convenient pump pack) that our Infection Control team had successfully managed to have installed at every bedside (including in the liver unit)!
L.

DR j said...

Absorption through the skin has been confirmed by a report (Dalt et al, 1991) of a case of a 1 – month old infant who became intoxicated as a result of absorption of ethyl alcohol from dressings applied to the stump of the umbilical cord and the skin adjacent to it.

Additional confirmation of skin absorption comes from a microdialysis study in which a long probe with was inserted under the skin for a distance of 3 cm. Ethyl alcohol was then placed in a small area on the skin above the probe while the subcutaneous area was being perfused. Analysis of the perfusate indicated the presence in an amount that was related to the extent of skin exposure (Anderson et al, 1991).

References:
http://www.curehunter.com/public/pubmed1788121.do

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Anonymous said...

not specifically relevant (and your website is difficult to navigate)-heard you are going to NZ in October but can"t find details (inc from NZSA)?true or false

N said...

Again, not specifically relevant but I came to your gig at the Bedford the other night, it was awesome.

A very positive review is up here if you're interested.
http://glitterditch.com/2008/05/in-defence-of-comedy-songs.html#more

Do I win any free shit for being nice?

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Anonymous said...

Someone (anon no. 4) clearly needs to stop taking themselves so seriously and just relax for a while.
Perhaps they could use that time to see if they can grow a sense of humour?

rj said...

Anonymous number four needs to do less AS psychology revision, study a proper subject that will get them a job one day and stop posting on here.

Anonymous said...

I find a bottle of tonic and a wedge of lime goes beautifully with Sterillium Gel!

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Suman said...

Crikey - what a mix of responses from 10 people who essentially just share an interest in sweary/medical songs!

(Although I suspect certain Anonymouses (should that be Anonymice?) are in fact one person I know who's been needling me recently)


I've certainly heard of alcoholic patients who've drunk hand gel (which is why they make it taste so disgusting, to which any hospital worker who's gone to lunch without soap-washing their hands can probably testify).

As for the baby in the case study, it's not surprising that, being of such small weight, any alcohol absorbed through compromised skin would have a marked effect. Remember that if you're gonna have kids one day...


Some of the other comments are unfair - as I recall, when I blogged it was nearly 5am. I was on ITU having sent the ITU SHO off to bed a little while earlier; the theatre SHO had just been woken up to take someone to theatre and after we prepared everything, we were waiting for the patient and the surgeon to arrive.

Re: New Zealand - yes we're coming to the NZSA Conference(and maybe other gigs while we're there) - details to follow.


And finally, thank you Nikki for the complimentary (well, mostly) review of our gig.
Although it worries me that one of your tags is “the chubby white guy is best because he seems more sexually aggressive”... odd definition of "best"...

Anonymous said...

I don't see why you have to defend yourself, really. Doctors work through the night, if we need to take a short break so what? People with no sense of humour may bugger off.

EpiduralGirl said...

Not my case, but we recently had a guy in our OR who was drinking about a liter of hand gel a day. ewwww.

(If you didn't guess from my name, I'm an anesthesiologist - love your stuff! Your music, I mean. I've never seen your stuff.)

Amzi said...

As a teenager with friends who, at non-alcohol sleepovers, will smuggle vodka in little travel shower gel bottles *in their socks* just so they can get pissed, I'm not going to tell them about this. Just to save on requests next time I'm in A&E on work experience.