n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Diagnosis of acute poisoning : main topic
|Article Title||Diagnosis of acute poisoning : main topic|
|© Publisher:||Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)|
|Journal||CME : Your SA Journal of CPD|
|Publication Date||Aug 2003|
|Pages||438 - 444|
|Keyword(s)||Diagnosis, Guidelines, Poison identification, Poisoning, Symptoms and Treatment|
When dealing with a suspected toxic exposure or poisoning, one of the major priorities should be to attempt to identify agents with a high inherent toxicity as soon as possible. <br>Early identification will allow timeous antidotal or special decontamination procedures so that severe tissue damage or complications can be avoided. <br>Patients who have ingested poisons with a high inherent tissue-damaging potential often present with severe and persistent gastrointestinal symptoms and signs. <br>The suspected toxic substance or the material ingested is crucial for rapid and positive identification of a poison.
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