Poisoning may be intentional or unintentional.
Patients with change in mental status without clear cause should have poisoning (intoxication, overdose) considered in differential diag...
Tachypnea, bradypnea, apnea
Inability to protect airway
Search for clues at scene:
Transport all drugs and pill bottles for identification.
Restrain uncooperative patients for patient and hea...
Altered mental status
Potential for decompensation from delayed acting substance
Do not forget to consider nontoxicologic etiologies for altered mental status.
Do not rely on the urine drug screen to make a diagnosis: It only provides screening tests for a limit...
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971.1 Poisoning by parasympatholytics (anticholinergics and antimuscarinics) and spasmolytics
977.9 Poisoning by unspecified drug or medicinal substance
977.9 Poisoning by unspecified drug or ...
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