Poisoning & overdose
Many poisoned patients recover without specific management other than supportive care. A minority have life-threatening toxicity. In assessing the poisoned patient It is important to ensure adequate Airway. Breathing and circulation, take an adequate history and undertake a full clinical examination. Tablets, bonles, syringes, aerosol contai"lers and other items found with or near the patient should be retained, although it Is usually best to analyse biological specimens (usually blood andlor urine) if analytical confirmation of exposure Is required.
Jones, A. L. (2005). Poisoning & overdose. In D. Provan (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation (pp. 607-636). New York: Oxford University Press.