Respiratory depression in a child unintentionally exposed to transdermal fentanyl patch

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  • A 2-year-old boy was found unresponsive after sleeping in bed with his grandmother. After the patient was intubated and ventilated, paramedics discovered a transdermal fentanyl patch on the victim's back. Removal of the patch and treatment with naloxone resolved symptoms. This is the first reported case of secondary exposure to a fentanyl patch causing clinically significant respiratory depression in the pediatric population, and it emphasizes a new hazard of such drug use.
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  • Hardwick WE; King WD; Palmisano PA
  • Start Page

  • 962
  • End Page

  • 964
  • Volume

  • 90
  • Issue

  • 9