The Poisoned Patient. Core Clerkship in Emergency Medicine University of Colorado at Denver Health Sciences Center. Objectives. Apply general emergency medicine management principles to the poisoned patient Review basic pharmacology and toxicology of common poisons
The Poisoned Patient
Core Clerkship in Emergency Medicine
University of Colorado at Denver Health Sciences Center
The patient’s son arrives…
What would you like to ask his son?
Sick or not sick?
What’s our differential diagnosis for this patient?
Mad as a hatter, Blind as a bat.
Does this look like our guy?
“Coma with normal vital signs”
What diagnostics might be helpful in this case?
Glucose 120 BUN 25 Cr 1.0
Borrowed from Vik Bebarta, “One Pill Can Kill”
Very few poisons require specific treatments such as:
Is this patient sick enough to get dialysis?
Hydrogen peroxide (medicinal)
Paint (indoor, latex)