Paracetamol overdosage: pathophysiology and nursing management

Budden, Lea, and Vink, Robert (1996) Paracetamol overdosage: pathophysiology and nursing management. British Journal of Nursing, 5 (3). pp. 145-152.

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Paracetamol overdose now represents one third of all self-poisoning cases. In contrast to other drugs, the use of paracetamol as a self-poisoning agent is increasing. As very large doses of the drug cause severe liver injury, which can result in fulminant hepatic failure when left untreated, it is essential that nurses have a complete understanding of the mechanisms of normal paracetamol metabolism, effects of overdosage and treatment strategies to guide the nursing management of clients. This review therefore critically examines the pathophysiology and nursing management of clients with acute paracetamol overdosage.

Item ID: 11371
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0966-0461
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2010 06:54
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing @ 100%
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