Place of Activated Charcoal and Gastric Emptying in Acute Toxic Ingestions: A Critical Reappraisal
The primary concern of the physician confronted to an acutely poisoned patient should be to support vital functions and to do no additional harm. It should always be kept in mind during therapeutic decisions thought to limit or antagonize toxic effects. Iatrogenic complications induced by a therapy of unproven clinical usefulness are unacceptable. Especially in the recent years, the relative safety and efficacy of the procedures intended to prevent gastrointestinal absorption of ingested toxins have been critically reevaluated.
KeywordsAspirin Radionuclide Dehydration Cyanide Cardiomyopathy
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