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7. Sources of further information


This online induction module serves only as an extremely brief overview of poisoning and how it relates patients who are being considered for, and admitted to an ICU.


It should NOT be used as a resource in the management of a poisoned patient.


When referred or looking after such a patient, up-to-date toxicological information and advice should be sought from the following (in addition to senior colleagues):



  • The online clinical toxicology database of the National Poisons Information Service whose services are freely available to all UK National Health Service hospital departments. It provides information on the features, side-effects and management of common acute and chronic poisoning.


National Poisons Information Service (NPIS)

  • Accessed via 0844 892 0111.
  • The National service responsible for TOXBASE also operates a 24-hour telephone information line that provides clinical staff with case specific advice on more complex cases. Doctors should consult TOXBASE before telephoning for more expert and case specific advice. 

Finally, for further reading you are referred to the websites of the NPIS www.npis.org and its Edinburgh Unit, the Scottish Poisons Information Bureau www.spib.scot.nhs.uk.






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