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Assessment of poisoned patient- Physical exam

PE- blood pressure (90-140/90-55 mmHg), Pulse (60-100bpm), respiratory rate (8-14 breaths/min), temp (98-100.4 F)
Age and weight are important for initiation of therapy and to know how the patient will handle to poisoning.


Assessment of poisoned patient- pupil size

Mydriasis (dialated)- adrenergic agonists and anticholinergics
Miosis (constricted)- sympatholytics and cholinergics


Assessment of poisoned patient- history

substance ingested, time since ingestion, sx, prior therapies, and prior medical conditions


Labs for poisoned patient

If it does not change what you will do for the patient do not order it.
Chem 7


Quantitative labs

Assessment of poison concentration in tissues.
Useful for poisons with antidotes.
APAP, carboxyhemoglobin, methemoglobin, digoxin, heavy metals, iron
Useful for dialysis- ethylene glycol, methanol, lithium, salucylates, theophylline.


Qualitative labs

Tell you if its present or not
Urinary toxicology screen tests for the presence of the toxin in the urine. Expressed as present of absent. Many false positives
Radiograph for radiopaque compounds.


Steps for managing poisoning

1) supportive care
2) prevent further absorption (keeping the poison from systemic absorption)
3) Enhance elimination ( use of things like dialysis to pull the drug out of the body)
4) Provide antidote


Supportive care

Stabilize the patient- monitor ABCs
Monitor for complications as they arise
Assess and treat for shock


Hypovolemic shock

Loss of fluid, decreased CO due to decreased preload.
Fluids, inotropes/vasopressors


Cardiogenic shock

Decreased CO due to decreased stroke volume (typically due to a decreased in myocardial contractility; iron, CCB, BB, cyclic anitdepressants)


Distributive shock

Redistribution of blood from central compartment to peripheral vasculature.


Prevent further absoprtion

Depends on route of exposure- inhalation: fresh air, oxygen, dermal: irrigation with water, removal of contaminated clothing, Ocular: eye irrigation, ingestion: emetic, lavage, activated charcoal, WBI.
Benefit of gastrointestinal decontamination- reduces poison bioavailability.
Shows no evidence of improvement in morbidity or mortality.
Patients at greatest risk will receive the most benefit.


GI decontamination- general indications

Substantial risk of serious toxicity
Recent ingestion
Can be performed safely and will work
No alternative is available


GI decontamination- general contraindications

Rapid onset of seizures
Rapid onset of CNS depression
Alkaline corrosives (acid controversial)
Loss of gag reflex



Same general indications and contraindications as GI decontamination adding patients that ingest sharp objects or with hemorrhagic dx to contraindications.
Typically used in rural areas with a delay of >1 hour before patient arrives to ED


Syrup of Ipecac

Onset 15-20 minutes
95% vomit in 20 mins, 30% reduction in bioavailability at 1 hour
Side effects- acute- diarrhea, drowsiness, chronic- cardiac arrhythmia's, neuropathy, muscle weakness.



Orogastric retrieval of substance.
30% reduction in bioavailability at 1 hr.
Lavage fluid-saline
End point- clear returns
Indications- same as general
Contraindications- same except can lavage pts with CNS depression if intubated and cuffed w/ endotracheal tray. If seizures are controlled and patient is intubated.
DO NOT LAVAGE patient with underlying pathology of esophagus or stomach


Lavage ADRS

Aspiration, esophageal/gastric bruising, fluid/electrolyte imbalance, EKG, changes, hypoaxia, and esophageal rupture.


Activated Charcol

Absorbant 1gm/kg
Will NOT bind- low molecular weight, charge compounds; cyanide, bromide, potassium, ethanol, methanol, iron, lithium, alkaline corrosives, mineral acids, highly concentrated solutions such as gasoline, kerosene, and ETOH
Efficacy 40% reduced bioavailability at 1 hour


Activated charcol- cathartics

Promote movement of AC bound drug through GI tract, may cause hypovolemia and electrolyte imbalance


Activated charcol ADR

Vomiting, constipation, aspiration, GI obstruction, charcoal empyema, GI perforation.


Whole bowel irrigation

Reserved fro substances not absorbed to AC, very large ingestions, significant GI hemorrhage, intestinal obstruction, unprotected airway, hemodynamic instability
Endpoint- clearing of rectal effluent
Solutions used- golytely used primarily prior to colonoscopy


Enhancing elimination- indications

Impaired normal route of elimination
severe presentation
progressive deterioration despite full supportive care
significant toxicity expected


Enhancing elimination- Methods

Multiple dose activated charcoal
Ion trapping
Forced diuresis
Exchange trasfusions


Multiple dose activated charcoal

Interrupts entero-enteric and entero-hepatic recirculation of poison and or poison metabolite
Indications- theophylline, carbamazepine, phenobarbital overdose
Contraindications- ileus, intestinal obstruction, unprotected airway
ADR- pulmonary aspiration, constipation, fluid and electrolyte imbalance


Iron trapping

Change pH of urine to ionize poison preventing reabsoprtion.
Weak acids (salicylate, pehnobarbital) admin sodium bicarb to achieve a urine pH of >7



Properties of a good antidote-
Completely reverses or neutralizes the effects of the poison
No action of its own
Easy to adminster
No unpleasant side effects



Used for metal poisonings because they bind to metal
Dimercaprol (BAL)- uses for As, Hg, Pb, Cd and toxicities include HTN and tachycardia
Penicillamine- uses for Cu, Pb, Hg, As, toxicities include allergic rxns
DMSA (succimer)- used for Pb, As, Hg, toxicities include Gas and ABD pain
Edetate calcium disodium (EDTA) used for Pb and toxicities include nephrotoxicity
Deferoxamine- used for Fe, toxicities include hypotension, anaphyactoid rxn and ARDS



Crotalidae Antivenin- rattle snake envenomation
Lactrodectus Antivenin- black widow spider envenomation
Elapidae Antivenin- eastern and texas coral snake envenomation
Trivalent botulinum- botulisms type A, B, and E
Digoxin immune fab- digoxin and digitoxin


Pharmacologic Antagonists

N-acetylcysteine- poisoning is acetaminophen and mechanism is prevents NAPQI binding at hepatocyte.
Naloxone- poisoning is opioids and mechanisms is opioid receptor antagonist
Flumazenil- poisoning is benzodiazepines and mechanism is benzodiazepine receptor antagonist
Atropine- poisoning is organophosphates and pesticides and mechanism is muscarinic receptor antagonist
Fomepizole- poisoning is methanol and ethylene glycol and mechanism is blocks metabolite formation.