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Toxicology. UNC Emergency Medicine Medical Student Lecture Series. Objectives. General approach to the poisoned patient Toxidromes Specific antidotes Decontamination and enhanced elimination. General Approach . ABC’s History Physical examination Labs, imaging Diagnosis, antidotes

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toxicology

Toxicology

UNC Emergency Medicine

Medical Student Lecture Series

objectives
Objectives
  • General approach to the poisoned patient
  • Toxidromes
  • Specific antidotes
  • Decontamination and enhanced elimination
general approach
General Approach
  • ABC’s
  • History
  • Physical examination
  • Labs, imaging
  • Diagnosis, antidotes
  • Disposition
a irway
Airway
  • Airway obstruction can cause death after poisoning
    • Flaccid tongue
    • Aspiration
    • Respiratory arrest
  • Evaluate mental status and gag/cough reflex
  • Airway interventions
    • Sniffing position
    • Jaw thrust
    • Head-down, left-sided position
    • Examine the oropharynx
    • Clear secretions
    • Airway devices: nasal trumpet, oral airway
  • Intubation?
    • Consider naloxone first
b reathing
Breathing
  • Determine if respirations are adequate
  • Give supplemental oxygen
  • Assist with bag-valve-mask
  • Check oxygen saturation, ABG
  • Auscultate lung fields
    • Bronchospasm: Albuterol nebulizer
    • Bronchorrhea/rales: Atropine
    • Stridor: Determine need for immediate intubation
c irculation
Circulation
  • IV access
  • Obtain blood work
  • Measure blood pressure, pulse
  • Hypotension treatment:
    • Normal saline fluid challenge, 20 mL/kg
    • Vasopressors if still hypotensive
    • PRBC’s if bleeding or anemic
  • Hypertension treatment:
    • Nitroprusside, beta blocker, or nitroglycerin
  • Continuous ECG monitoring
    • Assess for arrhythmias, treat accordingly
supportive care
Supportive Care
  • Foley catheter
  • Rectal temperature
  • Accucheck, treat hypoglyemia
  • Coma cocktail
    • Thiamine: 100 mg IV, before dextrose
    • Dextrose: 50 grams IV push
    • Naloxone: 0.01 mg/kg IV
supportive care10
Supportive Care
  • Treat Seizures
    • Lorazepam 2 mg IV, may repeat as needed
    • Dilantin 10 mg/kg IV
  • Control agitation
    • Haldol 5-10 mg IM
    • Ativan 2-4 mg IM or IV
    • Geodon 20 mg IM
  • Think about trauma
history
History
  • What, when, how much, why?
  • Rx, OTC, herbals, supplements, vitamins
  • Talk to family, friends, EMS
  • Pill bottles, needles, beer cans, suicide note
  • Call pharmacy
  • Allergies, medical problems
physical examination
Physical examination
  • Vital signs: BP, HR, RR, T, O2 sat
  • Mouth: odors, mucous membranes
  • Pupils
  • Breath sounds
  • Bowel sounds
  • Skin
  • Urination/defecation
  • Neurologic exam
essential laboratory tests
Essential Laboratory Tests
  • Electrolytes
  • Glucose
  • BUN and creatinine
  • LFT’s, CK
  • Urinalysis, urine drug screen
  • Etoh, alcohol screen
  • Serum osmolality
  • Acetaminophen, salicylates
  • Specific drug levels
  • Pregnancy test
anion gap
Anion Gap
  • Na – (HCO3 + Cl)
  • Normal: 8-12 mEq/L
  • Causes:
    • Methanol
    • Uremia
    • DKA
    • Paraldehyde, phenformin
    • Iron, isoniazid, ibuprofen
    • Lithium, lactic acidosis
    • Ethylene glycol
    • Strychnine, starvation, salicylates
osmolar gap
Osmolar Gap
  • Calculated osmolality – measured osmolality
  • 2(Na) + glucose/18 + BUN/2.8
  • Normal = 285-290 mOsm/L
  • Gap > 10 mOsm/L suggests the presence of extra solutes:
    • Ethanol, methanol
    • Ethylene glycol, isopropyl alcohol
    • Mannitol, glycerol
  • Clinical Pearl: Anion gap acidosis with an osmolar gap should suggest methanol or ethylene glycol poisoning
electrocardiogram
Electrocardiogram
  • Prolonged QRS
    • TCAs
    • Phenothiazines
    • Calcium channel blockers
  • Sinus bradycardia/AV block
    • Beta-blockers, calcium channel blockers
    • TCAs
    • Digoxin
    • organophosphates
  • Ventricular tachycardia
    • Cocaine, amphetamines
    • Chloral hydrate
    • Theophylline
    • Digoxin
    • TCAs
diagnosis
Diagnosis
  • May not identify ingested substance(s)
  • Provide ABCs and supportive care
  • Give antidote when appropriate
  • Call regional poison control center
    • Carolinas Poison Center, Charlotte
    • 800-848-6946
disposition
Disposition
  • Case-based
  • ICU admission
  • Period of observation
  • Psychiatric evaluation
cholinergic toxidrome
Cholinergic Toxidrome

Diarrhea Salivation

Urination Lacrimation

Miosis Urination

Bradycardia Defecation

Bronchospasm GI upset

Emesis Emesis

Lacrimation

Limp

Salivation, sweating

cholinergics
Cholinergics
  • Organophosphates
    • Irreversibly bind cholinesterases
  • Carbamate
    • Reversibly bind cholinesterases, poor CNS penetration
  • Muscarinic and nicotinic effects
  • Pesticides, nerve agents
    • Military personnel
    • Field workers, crop dusters
    • Truckers
    • Pest control, custodial workers
  • Antidote
    • Atropine for muscarinic effects
    • Pralidoxime reverses phosphorylation of cholinesterase
anticholinergics
Atropine

Scopolamine

Glycopyrrolate

Benztropine

Antispasmotics

Dicyclomine

Hyoscyamine

Oxybutynin

clidinium

TCAs

Mydriatics

Antihistamines

Chlorpheniramine

Cyproheptadine

Hydroxyzine

Diphenhydramine

Meclizine

promethazine

Antipsychotics

Clozapine

Olanzapine

Thioridazine

Jimson weed

Anticholinergics
anticholinergic toxidrome
Anticholinergic Toxidrome
  • Dry mucus membranes (Dry as a bone)
  • Mental status changes (Mad as a hatter)
  • Flushed skin (Red as a beet)
  • Mydriasis (Blind as a bat)
  • Fever (Hot as a hare)
  • Tachycardia
  • Hypertension
  • Decreased bowel sounds
  • Urinary retention
  • Seizures
  • Ataxia
toxidromes25
Toxidromes
  • Opioids
    • Respiratory depression
    • Miosis
    • Hypoactive bowel sounds
  • Sympathomimetics
    • Hypertension
    • Tachycardia
    • Hyperpyrexia
    • Mydriasis
    • Anxiety, delirium

Clinical Pearl: Sweating differentiates sympathomimetic

and anticholinergic toxidromes

antidotes
Antidotes
  • Acetaminophen N-acetylcysteine
  • Organophosphates Atropine, pralidoxime
  • Anticholinergic physostigmine
  • Arsenic, mercury, gold dimercaprol
  • Benzodiazepines flumazenil
  • Beta blockers glucagon
  • Calcium channel block calcium
  • Carboxyhemoglobin 100% O2
  • Cyanide nitrite, Na thiosulfate
  • Digoxin digoxin antibodies
antidotes27
Antidotes
  • Ethylene glycol fomepizole, HD
  • Heparin protamine
  • Iron deferoxamine
  • Isoniazid pyridoxime
  • Methanol fomepizole, HD
  • Methemoglobin methylene blue
  • Opioids naloxone
  • Salicylate alkalinization, HD
  • TCA’s sodium bicarbonate
  • Warfarin FFP, vitamin K
principles of decontamination
Principles of Decontamination
  • External
    • Protect yourself and others
    • Remove exposure
    • Irrigate copiously with water or normal saline
    • Don’t forget your ABC’s
  • Internal
    • Patient must be fully awake or intubated
    • Most common complication is aspiration
    • Very little evidence for their use
decontamination30
Decontamination
  • Skin
    • Protect yourself and other HC workers
    • Remove clothing
    • Flush with water or normal saline
    • Use soap and water if oily substance
    • Chemical neutralization can potentiate injury
    • Corrosive agents injure skin and can have systemic effects
decontamination31
Decontamination
  • Eyes
    • remove contact lens
    • Flush copiously with water or normal saline
    • Use local anesthetic drops
    • Continue irrigation until pH is normal
    • Slit lamp and fluorescein exam
decontamination32
Decontamination
  • Inhalation
    • Give supplemental humidified oxygen
    • Observe for airway obstruction
    • Intubate as necessary
gi decontamination
GI Decontamination
  • Syrup of ipecac
    • Within minutes of ingestion
    • Aspiration, gastritis, Mallory-Weiss tear, drowsiness
    • Rarely, if ever, given in ED
  • Gastric lavage
    • Does not reliably remove pills and pill fragments
    • Used 30-60 minutes after ingestion
    • Useful after caustic liquid ingestion prior to endoscopy
    • Not used for sustained release/enteric coated ingestions
    • Perforation, nosebleed, vomiting, aspiration
  • Recent studies suggest that activated charcoal alone is just as effective as gut emptying followed by charcoal.
gi decontamination34
GI Decontamination
  • Activated charcoal
    • Limits drug absorption in the GI tract
    • Within 60 minutes of ingestion
    • Patient must be awake or intubated
    • Vomiting, aspiration, bezoar formation
    • Contraindication: bowel obstruction or ileus with distention
    • 1 gram/kg PO or GT
activated charcoal
Not good for:

Lithium

Iron

Alcohols

Lead

Hydrocarbons

Caustics

Activated Charcoal
gi decontamination36
GI Decontamination
  • Cathartics
    • Hasten passage of ingestions or AC
    • Contraindications: obstruction or ileus
    • Severe fluid loss, hypernatremia, hyperosmolarity
    • 10% magnesium citrate 3ml/kg or 70% sorbitol 1-2 …./kg
  • Whole bowel irrigation
    • Large ingestions, SR or EC tablets, packers (ex. cocaine)
    • Contraindications: obstruction or ileus
    • Aspiration, nausea, may decrease effectiveness of charcoal
enhanced elimination
Enhanced Elimination
  • Urinary manipulation
    • Forced diuresis
    • Alkalinization
  • Repeat-dose activated charcoal
    • Very large ingestions of toxic substance
    • Sustained release and enteric coated preparations
      • Carbamazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin
      • Salicylate, theophylline, digitoxin
  • Hemodialysis, Hemoperfusion
  • Peritoneal dialysis, Hemofiltration
enhanced elimination38
Enhanced Elimination
  • Does the patient need it?
    • Severe intoxication with a deteriorating condition despite maximal supportive care
    • Usual route of elimination is impaired
    • A known lethal dose or lethal blood level
    • Underlying medical conditions that can increase complications
specific toxins
Specific Toxins
  • Acetominophen
  • Salicylates
  • Tricyclic Antidepressants (TCA)
acetominophen apap
Acetominophen (apap)

Magic number to remember is 140

  • Max dose:
    • 4g/day adults
    • 90 mg/kg day kids
  • Peak serum levels: 4 hours after overdose
  • What are the three methods of APAP metabolism?
    • Glucuronidation (90% normal thru pathway)
    • Sulfonation
    • P450 mixed oxidase enzymes (5% nl thru pathway)
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Acetominophen (apap)
  • Toxicity
  • 140mg/kg acute ingestion
  • Direct hepatocellular toxicity with centrolobular distribution (hepatic vein)
  • Can also have renal damage and pancreatitis
stages of tylenol toxicity
Stages of Tylenol Toxicity
  • I (0-24hrs): n/v, but most asymptomatic
  • II latent stage (24-48hrs): subclinical increase in ast/alt/bili
  • III hepatic stage (3-4dys): liver failure, ruq pain, vomiting, jaundice, coagulopathy, hypoglycemia, renal failure, metabolic acidosis
  • IV recovery stage (4dys-2wks): resolution of hepatic dysfunction
need 4 hour level and n acetylcysteine nac
Dx: 4 hour level compared to the Rumack and Matthews nomogram

150ug/ml at 4 hours

Rx: NAC 140mg/kg then 70mg/kg every 4 hours for 17 doses

We Have PO and IV dosing

Only useful for one time ingestion (not chronic ingestions)

Need 4 hour level andN-acetylcysteine (NAC)
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Acetominophen (apap)
  • If time of ingestion unknown, draw level immediately and again at 2-4 hours.
  • Labs: LFTs, coags, lytes, aspirin, ETOH, tox screen
nac indications
NAC indications
  • Ingestions with potential toxicity
  • Late presentations with potential or ongoing toxicity
  • Chronic overdose with evidence of hepatic damage
tylenol overdose disposition
Tylenol Overdose Disposition
  • Admit if…..
    • Known toxicity / potential toxic levels
    • Lab evidence of hepatic damage
    • Unknown time of ingestion and sx consistent with toxicity
    • Unknown ingestion time with measurable acetaminophen levels.
salicylates asa
Salicylates (asa)
  • Weak acid, rapidly absorbed
  • Enteric coated has delayed absorption
  • Toxic dose: 160 mg/kg
  • Lethal dose 480 mg/kg
  • Mixed respiratory alkalosis-metabolic acidosis
  • Stimulates respiratory drive causing hyperventilation, but limits ATP production metabolic acidosis
  • Oil of wintergreen, 1ml = 1400mg
salicylates symptoms
Tachypnea, tachycardia, hyperthermia

Resp alkalosis-metabolic acidosis

Altered serum glucose

AG metabolic acidosis (MUDPILES)

Dehydration (vomiting, tachypnea, sweating)

Abd pain/n/v

Tinnitus, hearing loss

lethargy, seizures, altered mental status

Noncardiogenic pulmonary edema

Salicylates Symptoms
evaluation of asa overdose
Evaluation of ASA Overdose
  • Lytes, ABG, LFTs, CBC, preg.test, urine PH
  • Serum salicylate levels (toxicity at 25mg/dl)
  • Toxicity correlates POORLY with levels
  • Evaluation with DONE nomegram based on single ingestion of regular ASA at levels drawn 6 hrs after ingestion
  • Underestimates toxicity in cases of severe acidemia or chronic ingestion
therapy for asa overdose
Therapy for ASA Overdose
  • ABC’s
  • Activated charcoal
  • Urinary alkalinization (start if serum level is greater than 35mg/dl)
    • 3 amps bicarbinate in 1 L D5W at 150 ml/hr
  • By increasing urinary pH to greater than 8, ASA gets trapped in tubes and cannot be reabsorbed
  • Dialysis for severe acidemia, volume overload, pulmonary edema, cardiac or renal failure, seizures, coma, levels > 100mg/dl in acute ingestion, or > 60-80 mg/dl in chronic ingestion
disposion for asa overdose
Disposion for ASA Overdose
  • Pt gets charcoal and remain asymptomatic after 6-8 hours = Possible D/C
  • Sustained release requires longer observation period
  • Pts with toxic levels, symptomatic, or develop symptoms = Admission
tca tricyclic antidepressants
TCA (Tricyclic Antidepressants)
  • Leading cause of death by intentional overdose
  • Blocks sodium channels
  • Death by cardiovascular dysrhythymias and cardiovascular collapse
  • Most TCA’s have anticholinergic effects
    • Dry skin, blurry vision, hot
  • Severe OD: hypotension, seizures, respiratory depression
  • In severe cases: ARDS, rhabdomyolisis, DIC
get an ekg
GET AN EKG

What do you see?

Prolonged QRS, sinus tachycardia, “tall R in R” – tall R wave in lead aVR

treatment of tca overdose
Treatment of TCA Overdose
  • Sodium Bicarbinate
    • Initial bolus of 2 amps
    • Drip 3 amps in 1 L D5W at 150 ml/hr
  • Titrate for serum pH of 7.45-7.5
  • IV fluids
  • Lidocaine for perisistent arrhythymias
  • AVOID Class Ia drugs (procainimide quinidine)
thank you

Thank You!

Any Questions?

references
References
  • Poisoning & Drug Overdose, California Poison Control System. KR Olson, 3rd edition, Appleton & Lange, 1999.
  • Emergency Medicine Board ReviewSeries. L Stead, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2000.
  • Emergency Medicine, A comprehensivestudy guide. Tintinalli, 6th edition, McGraw Hill, 2004.
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