Call Poison Control Centers at 800-222-1222.
First 1 minute: Assess the patient for vital sign abnormalities that are life-threatening and correct them with cardiovascular or respiratory support. Pay particular attention to airway, pulse rate, and blood pressure stability.
Care of a patient with an actual or suspected overdose or exposure can be very complicated and nuanced. An organized approach that addresses major decision points will assist the bedside doctor to identify priorities and stabilize the patient in most circumstances.
Z03.6 – Encounter for observation for suspected toxic effect from ingested substance ruled out
75478009 – Poisoning
- Abnormalities of glucose (eg, hypoglycemia can present in dramatic and subtle ways).
- Abnormalities of thyroid hormone.
- Abnormalities of electrolytes (eg, sodium and magnesium).
- Abnormalities of ventilation (eg, hypercarbia and hypoxia).
- Central infection (eg, meningitis, encephalitis).
- Traumatically injured patients.