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Navigating Hazardous Waters: Responding to Toxicological Emergencies


In the prehospital setting, dealing with medical emergencies related to toxicology is a critical aspect of emergency care. This involves rapidly assessing and managing cases of poisoning or exposure to harmful substances, including chemicals, drugs, or toxins. Quick decision-making, proper decontamination, and administering antidotes when available are essential steps to mitigate the potentially life-threatening effects of toxic exposures and provide the best chance for a patient’s recovery.


In this series of articles, we delve into the realm of toxicology in the prehospital setting, exploring the common emergencies encountered, discussing essential assessment techniques, and highlighting key interventions. Through these articles, we aim to equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to optimise patient outcomes in toxicology emergencies.

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