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Suicide Attempt by Inhalation of Argon Gas

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Author(s)
전재천최우익정수원이주환
Keimyung Author(s)
Jeon, Jae CheonChoi, Woo Ik
Department
Dept. of Emergency Medicine (응급의학)
Journal Title
Keimyung Med J
Issued Date
2021
Volume
40
Issue
1
Keyword
ArgonAsphyxiaInert gasSuicide
Abstract
Suicide attempts using asphyxiants have been increasing compared to the past. Argon is an inert gases which is harmless to the human body, but when inhaled, can causes suffocation due to lack of oxygen. A 24-year-old man was admitted to the emergency department after an attempted suicide using argon gas. At the time of arrival, his mental status was drowsy and hematologic data indicated lactic acidosis. Consciousness was recovered after 3 hours and he was discharged without complications. He stated that he had discovered about argon gas through a suicide website and proceeded to make his purchase online. Nowadays, such websites with information on suicides are exposed to the general public without discretion and has become a major social issue. Therefore, although current suicide rates using argon gas are low in Korea, it is a suicide method to take note of in the future.
Keimyung Author(s)(Kor)
전재천
최우익
Citation
전재천. (2021). Suicide Attempt by Inhalation of Argon Gas. Keimyung Med J, 40(1), 48-51. doi: 10.46308/kmj.2021.00045
Type
Journal
Source
https://www.e-kmj.org/journal/view.php?number=2235
DOI
10.46308/kmj.2021.00045
URI
https://kumel.medlib.dsmc.or.kr/handle/2015.oak/43542
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2. Keimyung Medical Journal (계명의대 학술지) > 2021
1. School of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Emergency Medicine (응급의학)
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