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Minerva Medica 2007 October;98(5):543-68

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The evaluation and management of acute poisoning emergencies

Lawrence D. T. 1, Bechtel L. 1, Walsh J. P. 2, Holstege C. P. 1

1 Division of Medical Toxicology Department of Emergency Medicine University of Virginia School of Medicine Charlottesville, VA, USA 2 Critical Incident Analysis Group Department of Psychiatry University of Virginia School of Medicine Charlottesville, VA, USA


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Emergency physicians will regularly be called upon to care for poisoned patients. The purpose of this article is to review the general approach to the poisoned patient. Specific signs and symptoms will be identified that may clue the clinician into a specific toxin class as a diagnosis. Necessary testing in poisonings will be highlighted. This article will also introduce the basics of gastrointestinal decontamination and antidotes against select poisons.

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