Consensus statement: risk of nosocomial organophosphate poisoning in emergency departments

Little, Mark, and Murray, Lindsay (2004) Consensus statement: risk of nosocomial organophosphate poisoning in emergency departments. Emergency Medicine Australasia, 16 (5-6). pp. 456-458.

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There is great concern regarding the risk of nosocomial poisoning in staff caring for the organophosphate (OP) pesticide poisoned patient in prehospital, ED and intensive care settings. In many instances, elaborate nursing practices including the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) have been developed in order to reduce this risk. Elsewhere, HAZMAT responses have been instituted in response to OP poisoning and resulted in closures of highways and EDs with the result that the victim has been denied access to standard hospital and transport facilities. Such actions compromise not only the care of the poisoning victim but that of others reliant on those health care facilities and systems. We will briefly review the evidence in the literature regarding nosocomial OP poisoning, examine some of the reasons why symptoms occur amongst staff treating OP-poisoned patients and provide consensus guidelines on reasonable precautions that should be taken when managing these patients.

Item ID: 38740
Item Type: Article (Short Note)
ISSN: 1742-6723
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2015 02:04
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences > 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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