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<< Pediatric Ingestions: Emergency Department Management (Pharmacology CME)

Risk Management Pitfalls In Management Of Ingestions In Pediatric Patients

  1. “I didn’t think the poison control center would be helpful.” The American Association of Poison Control Centers provides recommendations from tremendous resources and experience. In addition to the benefits of better patient care and clinician education, the data you provide will be included in the National Poison Data System to further knowledge in the field.
  2. “I give activated charcoal to all patients with ingestions.” Activated charcoal increases the risk of aspiration pneumonitis and is unlikely to be of benefit once the toxin has been absorbed. Routine use is no longer recommended unless a toxin shown to be bound by activated charcoal was ingested in the past hour by a patient to whom charcoal may be safely administered.

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