About 3 years ago I watched a program on TV that talked about a situation that occurred in the ER at LA County General. A woman was brought into the ER and as soon as they drew her blood, everyone became sick as her blood gave off toxic fumes. Does anyone know the name of the drug the woman was using (she was a terminal CA patient) and was using an OTC drug that interacted with I think they decided was the Oxygen she was given in route to the ER. Does anyone know the name of this drug or anything about this situation or can refer me to an online article about what happened. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Sep 9, '01
An article can be found with google.com using search terms
dmso riverside patient poison gas
since someone else posted a link that works, I edited this for length. you can still get it by searching as above, and looking at the cached pages.
Last edit by nilepoc on Sep 9, '01
Sep 9, '01
Yep, indeed there was a Toxic Lady.
Read the details here...
Last edit by Talino on Sep 9, '01
Sep 10, '01
I finally found the article on this subject explaining the biochemistry of the change of DMSO into the nerve toxin dimethyl sulfate. This is essentially the whole transcript in its entirety of the show that I watched on the Discovery Channel. It was found in Discover Magazine
Analysis of a Toxic Death by Richard Stone.
When you get to this site, it will prompt you to search by keywords--just type in Toxic Death and it will get you to the article, as it has been archived.
Or you can try this link: http://188.8.131.52/archive/output.cfm?ID=486
Last edit by RunningSoLate on Sep 10, '01