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Management of the poisoned patient

Management of the poisoned patient

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Expert Perspective

Time to Complete

1 hour


April 1, 2016


March 14, 2018

Programme Description

Dr James Dear and Dr Peter Gallacher outline how to deal with a patient who has ingested a poisonous substance. Key learning points for GPs and nurses include the investigation and identification of the poison, and how to manage the patient’s condition.

Educational Objectives

After reading this activity, healthcare professionals should be better able to:
  • Assess the severity of the condition of a poisoned patient
  • Recognise patients at high-risk of significant injury
  • Provide immediate management
  • Know which investigations to perform
  • Understand which drugs bind activated charcoal
  • Consider how to access key resources
  • Author

    Activity authors
    Dr James Dear
Consultant in clinical pharmacology
Edinburgh Royal Infirmary
and Senior Clinical Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacology
Edinburgh University


    Dr Peter Gallacher

    Core medical trainee

    Edinburgh Royal Infirmary

    Test author
    Dr Ravi Ramanathan


    This is a learning activity provided by MIMS Learning, featuring learning material and a test. Completing the test enables you to claim 1.0 learning credit (1.0 hour learning). This credit award is recommended by MIMS Learning based on completing the activity and reflecting on what you have learned. If you spend less time on the activity we recommend claiming fewer credits.

    Please proceed with the activity until you have successfully answered all the test questions and completed your evaluation. You will then receive your MIMS Learning CPD certificate, which will be added to your CPD organiser for access at any time.


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