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Poisoning (cont.)

Poisoning Prognosis

The key to a good outcome is rapid recognition that a poisoning has occurred and rapid transport to a qualified medical facility when indicated.

  • When medical care (and use of the U.S. National Poison Control Center-1-800-222-1222) is provided promptly, the vast majority of people survive poisonings.
  • Poor outcomes can occur when these are the cause of the poisoning:
    • Highly toxic substances such as cyanide
    • Substances that injure body tissues immediately (lye or acids, for example)
    • Poisoning as a result of exposure over time, often unrecognized (examples include polluted water, workplace exposures, and lead)

Medically reviewed by Avrom Simon, MD; Board Certified Preventative Medicine with Subspecialty in Occupational Medicine

REFERENCES:

"Poisoning First Aid." RedCross.

"Poisoning." U.S. National Library of Medicine. Updated Sept 21, 2016.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/29/2016

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