Despite our best efforts at prevention, children still manage to ingest poisons either accidentally or intentionally. With the list of potential toxins always changing, it is our responsibility as practitioners to keep abreast of the latest therapy for these children.
After reviewing this issue of Pediatric Annals, the practitioner should be conversant in: 1) the current recommendations on gastrointestinal decontamination, 2) the basics of "toxicokinetics," 3) the appropriate therapy for iron intoxication, 4) the evaluation and management of "nontoxic ingestions," and 5) the common abused inhalants and their modes of action.
HOW TO OOTAIN CME CREDITS BY READING THIS ISSUE
Pediatricians can receive Category I credits for the Physician's Recognition Award of the American Medical Association by reading the following articles and successfully completing the quiz at the end of the issue. Complete instructions are given on the quiz pages.
The Pretest below has been prepared to assist you in studying the following material. It indicates some of the areas to be covered and will make it possible for you to challenge your present knowledge of the material before reading further.
1. The trend In gastric decontamination over recent years has been away from gastric evacuation and toward the use of activated charcoal alone.
2. A measured Iron-binding capacity above the serum Iron level precludes development of significant Iron toxicity.
3. Vitamin C overdoses cause acute toxicity.
4. Whipped cream propellant Is a commonly abused Inhalant.
Answers to the Pretest:
1.B 2. A 3. B 4. B