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Major Intoxication




Intended Learning Outcomes

Major Intoxication

  1. Determine the likely cause of acute poisoning based on a directed history and physical examination with selected laboratory testing
  2. Describe how to concurrently initiate treatment to maintain vital functions, limit absorption or enhance elimination of toxins, and utilise antidotes or specific interventions when appropriate
  3. List the available resources to access further information or experts to assist in management of the critically ill poisoned patient
  4. Describe how to manage specific poisonings that may be encountered in ICU patients


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Relevant Competencies from CoBaTrICE

Major Intoxication

  • 1.1 Adopts a structured and timely approach to the recognition, assessment and stabilisation of the acutely ill patient with disordered physiology
  • 1.2 Manages cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • 1.3 Manages the patient post-resuscitation
  • 1.4 Triages and prioritises patients appropriately, including timely admission to ICU
  • 2.1 Obtains a history and performs an accurate clinical examination
  • 2.6 Obtains and interprets the results from blood gas samples
  • 2.7 Interprets chest x-rays
  • 2.9 Monitors and responds to trends in physiological variables
  • 2.10 Integrates clinical findings with laboratory investigations to form a differential diagnosis
  • 3.1 Manages the care of the critically ill patient with specific acute medical conditions
  • 3.2 Identifies the implications of chronic and co-morbid disease in the acutely ill patient
  • 3.3 Recognises and manages the patient with circulatory failure
  • 3.4 Recognises and manages the patient with, or at risk of, acute renal failure
  • 3.5 Recognises and manages the patient with, or at risk of, acute liver failure
  • 3.6 Recognises and manages the patient with neurological impairment
  • 3.7 Recognises and manages the patient with acute gastrointestinal failure
  • 3.10 Recognises and manages the patient following intoxication with drugs or environmental toxins
  • 4.1 Prescribes drugs and therapies safely
  • 4.8 Recognises and manages electrolyte, glucose and acid-base disturbances