This course involves a combination of short lectures, simulation scenarios, as well as interactive workshops to review the basics of toxicological emergencies and their challenging presentations in acute care.
Topics covered include:
- Criminal toxicology.
- The approach to the poisoned patient.
- Common poisoning emergencies including paracetamol, opiates, tricyclic antidepressants, salicylates, organophosphates, iron.
- Managing the hot seizing poisoned patient.
- Managing the bradycardic hypotensive poisoned patient.
- Illicit drugs In Irish EDs.
- Alcohol and toxic alcohols.
- Modifications to resuscitation in poisoned patients.
- Develop and practice a systematic approach to toxicological emergencies.
- Review and establish common poisoning toxidromes and management algorithms.
- Establish a differential diagnosis for the hot seizing patient post-overdose.
- Review the toxicology of ethanol and other alcohols in the ED.
- Establish knowledge of the more common illicit drugs causing ED presentations.
- Review and practice changes to standard resuscitation algorithms in patients who may have taken an overdose.