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1 Emergency Medical Response You Are the Emergency Medical Responder Your police unit is summoned to a residence on a report of an unconscious person. When you arrive and size-up the scene, you discover parents with their 2-year-old child. The mother is distraught and says she found her toddler on the kitchen floor very drowsy. She noticed that the under-the-sink cabinet door was open, and there was a bottle of liquid kitchen cleaner lying next to the child. She called because he was not responding when she tried to wake him up. Lesson 24: Poisoning

2 Emergency Medical Response Poison Any substance that causes injury, illness or death if it enters the body Toxins are poisonous substances produced by microorganisms that can cause certain disease but also are capable of stimulating neutralizing antibodies or antitoxins.

3 Emergency Medical Response Poison Control Centers Specialized health care centers that provide information on poisons and suspected poisoning emergencies 24-Hour Poison Help Hotline:

4 Emergency Medical Response How Poisons Enter the Body Ingestion Inhalation Absorption Injection Poison Ivy. © Shutterstock.com/Tim Mainiero Poison oak © Shutterstock.com/Dwight Smith Poison sumac Courtesy of

5 Emergency Medical Response Ingested Poisons Foods Bacterial food poisoning (Salmonella or E. coli) Chemical food poisoning (zinc, cadmium, copper, lead or mercury) Drugs or medications Household items

6 Emergency Medical Response Inhaled Poisons Carbon monoxide Carbon dioxide Chlorine gas Ammonia Sulfur dioxide Nitrous oxide Chloroform Dry cleaning solvents Fire extinguisher gases Industrial gases Hydrogen sulfide

7 Emergency Medical Response Absorbed Poison Plants Poison ivy Poison oak Poison sumac Dry chemicals Wet chemicals Topical medications

8 Emergency Medical Response Activity You arrive at a local nursery in response to a call that an employee was splashed in the face and on the neck with a liquid chemical to kill weeds. The employee is conscious and is complaining that his skin and eyes feel like they are on fire.

9 Emergency Medical Response Injected Poison Bites or stings of insects, spiders, aquatic life, animals or snakes Drugs or misused medications injected with a hypodermic needle

10 Emergency Medical Response You Are the Emergency Medical Responder You complete your assessment and find that the toddler is unresponsive and his respiratory and pulse rates are extremely slow. He also has some redness around his mouth and lips, and there is a strong odor of bleach. Based on your findings, you suspect poisoning.

11 Emergency Medical Response Administering Activated Charcoal Give within 1 hour of ingestion (ideally) only if directed by medical control or the PCC and the patient is fully conscious and alert Not for patients who have overdosed on cyanide or swallowed acids or alkalis Mix it thoroughly with water and give through a straw or use an opaque container Dosage: 1 g per kilogram of patients weight 30 to 100 g for adult 12 to 25 g for child or infant

12 Emergency Medical Response Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Signs and Symptoms Dull throbbing headache Nausea or vomiting Bluish skin color Chest pain Confusion Convulsions Dizziness Drowsiness Fainting Hyperactivity Impaired judgment Irritability Loss of consciousness Low blood pressure Muscle weakness Rapid or abnormal heart beat Shock Shortness of breath

13 Emergency Medical Response Care for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Ensure that EMRs are properly outfitted for safety. Remove the patient from the situation as quickly as possible. Alert ER staff and physicians about the suspicion of CO poisoning. Prepare the patient to answer questions. Inform the patient that he or she may have a blood test to confirm diagnosis. Monitor and treat everyone in the area. Administer emergency oxygen.

14 Emergency Medical Response Cyanide Poisoning Signs and Symptoms Ingestion or absorption Dizziness Headache Nausea and vomiting Rapid breathing Rapid heart rate Restlessness Weakness Large, concentrated/intense exposure Convulsions Loss of consciousness Low blood pressure Lung injury Respiratory failure leading to death Slow heart rate

15 Emergency Medical Response Care for Cyanide Poisoning Observe for signs and symptoms of cyanide poisoning. Seek medical attention immediately. Seek fresh air or rest in a half-upright position. Administer emergency oxygen. Wear protective clothing. Rinse eyes with plenty of water.


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