LipidRescue resuscitation refers to the use of an intravascular infusion of a lipid emulsion to treat severe, systemic drug toxicity or poisoning. It was originally developed by our own Dr. Guy Weinberg here at the University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Anesthesiology to treat local anesthetic toxicity.
This potentially fatal complication of regional anesthesia can also occur in other situations where patients receive local anesthetic injections. More recently, LipidRescue has been proposed (in articles in the emergency medicine literature and elsewhere) as a treatment modality for poisoning or overdose by lipophilic agents in general. Check out Dr. Weinberg’s LipidRescue site at www.lipidrescue.org and read about this pioneering and life-saving advancement in the treatment of systemic drug toxicity.