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Hospital presentations: poisoning

A case based module for internal medicine trainees on the assessment and initial management of two patients presenting with poisoning. The module covers initial assessment, differential diagnosis, immediate resuscitation, and further management.

Learning outcomes

After completing this module, you should have the knowledge and confidence to:

  • Take a full history and examination to determine the nature and effects of poisoning
  • Recall indications for activated charcoal and whole bowel irrigation, and know when and how to start poison specific treatments in accordance with trusted internet based information (eg TOXBASE® and the National Poisons Information Service)
  • Recognise a critically ill overdose patient and resuscitate as appropriate
  • Order, interpret, and act on initial investigations appropriately, ie biochemistry, arterial blood gas, glucose, electrocardiogram (ECG), and drug concentrations
  • Ensure appropriate monitoring in the acute period of care.

The authors would like to acknowledge the contribution of Nicholas Bateman, who was the co-author for the first draft of this module.

Written by:

 Emma Morrison, Euan Sandilands

Peer reviewed by:

Heather Wallace

Last updated

12 Jun 2018

Release date

18 Feb 2016


Accreditor credit Accreditation statement
BMJ Learning 1 credit, 1:00 hour BMJ Learning has assigned one hour of credit to this module
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