Emergency Toxicology


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.
  • Toxidromes.
  • 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.

Learning objectives

  • 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.