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Highest BAC levels in patients

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What is the highest BAC in a patient you have cared fo,r or heard about, with the person living?

My brother was killed in an MVa by a drunk driver in 1981 and I was told that she had a BAC of 4.0. I have wondered if this is possible, and if others have seen similar.

thanks,

josie

VivaLasViejas, ASN, RN

Specializes in LTC, assisted living, med-surg, psych. Has 20 years experience.

Usually anything over .40 induces coma, and quite possibly death, in the average person. However, some folks have VERY high tolerances.....like one of our frequent flyers, who came in a couple of months ago with a level of .72---and lived to tell the tale! :eek: Of course, being only in his 30s, he's still probably got at least another five years before his liver gives out......if he doesn't kill himself some other way before then, that is. :uhoh21:

Whoa, .72 is very impressive!! We routinely get 'em in with BAC in the .35-.40 range. Highest I've seen to date (with just over 2 yrs ER experience) is .53, in a female. We oohed and aahhed over that one!! At our place we are oddly fascinated with high etoh levels, white cell counts and h&h values.

VivaLasViejas, ASN, RN

Specializes in LTC, assisted living, med-surg, psych. Has 20 years experience.

We health care providers ARE a strange breed, aren't we? At my hospital, we recently had someone in the ICU with a white count of 43,000.......another with a blood sugar of 1200......a med-surg pt. with an H&H of 3.4/13......a post-op with an INR of 8.6......and an AMI with a troponin level of 14. (All but the latter pt. made it.)

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