Acute self-poisoning, bites and stings

  • F. Wilson
  • W. G. Park


Acute self-poisoning

INCIDENCE AND DIAGNOSIS It has been estimated that cases of self-poisoning account for up to 30% of all acute medical admissions in the United Kingdom. The mortality of those cases reaching hospital alive is less than 1 %. In the absence of head injury or obvious trauma, self-poisoning is the most common cause of coma in the age group 15–55.

It is important during the history-taking to find out if possible:
  1. (1)

    type of drug and amount ingested

  2. (2)

    when taken

  3. (3)

    whether alcohol or other drugs were also taken.

  4. (4)

    if the patient is on any other medication.



Gastric Emptying Gastric Lavage Potassium Permanganate Solution Forced Diuresis Iron Poisoning 
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Copyright information

© F. Wilson and W.G. Park 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Wilson
    • 1
  • W. G. Park
    • 1
  1. 1.Royal Lancaster InfirmaryLancasterUK

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