poisoning by unknown substances


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poisoning by unknown substances

Poisoning in which there is no information concerning the nature of the poison taken, and in which the signs and symptoms are not recognized as being caused by any particular substance, and for which specific antidotes cannot be given in this situation. There are some agents that act in a general manner and may be efficacious. One of these is activated charcoal, which binds most organic toxins. Whole bowel irrigation can be used to flush ingested substances from the gastrointestinal tract. When dermal exposures are suspected, the patient should be showered to remove chemicals from the skin.
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