Toxicological Patient Physical Examination
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Toxicological Patient Physical Examination

Learn about the importance of conducting a full physical examination on toxicological patients, including specific signs to look out for such as consciousness level, breath odor, pupil size, and more.

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What type of information should physicians use in self-harm poisoning cases to assist in the diagnosis?

Information from friends, family, prehospital personnel, and medical records

Why is it important for physicians to ask about over-the-counter drugs and traditional/herbal preparations in poisoning cases?

To assess the full extent of potential toxins ingested

What role does physical examination play in managing poisoning cases?

Helps find the toxidrome and complications of toxins

Why is it important to send drug levels for testing at the proper time in poisoning cases?

<p>To prevent misinterpretation of results</p> Signup and view all the answers

In what type of cases is supportive care along with decontamination usually sufficient for poisoned patients?

<p>Most poisoning cases</p> Signup and view all the answers

In managing poisoning cases, what is sometimes considered the cornerstone of treatment?

<p>Antidotes</p> Signup and view all the answers

What guiding principle should physicians remember when dealing with poisoned patients?

<p>&quot;Treat the patient, not the poison.&quot;</p> Signup and view all the answers

Why should physicians be cautious with urine or blood toxicology screen assays in acute overdose cases?

<p>Because they can lead to misinterpretation</p> Signup and view all the answers

What can focused laboratory tests help physicians understand in poisoning cases?

<p>The severity of toxicity and suspected toxin</p> Signup and view all the answers

What system should physical examination include when assessing a poisoned patient?

<p>All organ systems</p> Signup and view all the answers

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