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Archive » 2009 » 1-2 » | Archive » Medical field » Fields » Toxicology »

Diagnostics and Treatment in Acute Poisoning

 
Abstract:

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In addition to well known toxic plants and animals, rapid development in the last decades has produced millions of new molecules, toxic chemicals, drugs and potentially toxic pro­ducts, which can give rise to poisoning cases. Acute poisonings take an important place in emer­gency rooms, whether by their prevalence or by their varied etiology and clinical presentation. The basic principles of the diagnostics and treatment of poisoning are similar to those in other diseases, but they have certain specific characteristics. The fate of a poisoned victim is deter­mined by the use of adequate measures in the first few minutes or hours after exposure to the poison. Therefore, all measures must be quick, correct and performed in a proper sequence. Doctors who are treating patients with acute poisoning must be familiar with the most com­mon poisons and the type of poisoning they cause, as well as with specific emergency pro­cedures, including the methods for primary poison elimination and the use of emergency antidotes.

Authors:
Možina Martin

Keywords:
poisoning - diagnosis - therapy

Cite as:
Med Razgl. 2009; 48: 3–18.

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