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Treatment of poisoning

Treatment of poisoning

Treatment of poisoning

Treatment of poisoning

The treatment consists of supporting the person and preventing further absorption of the poison. In cases, where there is a toxic exposure to gas, the affected patient must be removed from the source quickly and taken out into the fresh air.

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In chemical spills, all contaminated body wear, including jewellery, should be removed immediately and the skin surface thoroughly washed with soap and water. If the eyes have been exposed, they should be thoroughly rinsed with water or saline. The poisoned person needs to be medically treated immediately. If he is unconscious, he should be provided with artificial breathing (tracheal intubation).

Once the poison has moved past the stomach, treatment with activated charcoal needs to be given. Activated charcoal makes the poison stick to it and thus prevent it from being absorbed into the blood stream.

Drinking large quantities of fluids also helps to flush the entire gastrointestinal tract before the poison gets absorbed. A medication by the name of ‘Atropine’ may also be used in some cases, since it acts as an antidote for certain nerve gases and insecticides.

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