Current management of the poisoned patient

South Med J. 1988 Jul;81(7):892-901. doi: 10.1097/00007611-198807000-00021.


Management of the poisoned patient is a common and difficult problem for many practitioners. I present a clinical approach to the management of these patients, with emphasis on recent advances and controversies. Efficacy of gastric emptying, activated charcoal, manipulation of urinary pH, and indications for dialysis are discussed. Poisonings for which specific antidotes are available are reviewed.

MeSH terms

  • Charcoal / administration & dosage
  • Emetics / therapeutic use
  • Gastric Lavage
  • Hemoperfusion
  • Humans
  • Physical Examination
  • Poisoning / diagnosis
  • Poisoning / therapy*


  • Emetics
  • Charcoal