Approach to the intoxicated pediatric patient in the emergency services.
Abordaje del paciente pediátrico intoxicado en urgencias
Keywords:Poisoning, Pediatric emergencies, Decontamination, Management, Toxicology
Intoxications in the pediatric population account for a significant portion of the causes of care in emergency services, but they are also fatal in many cases in our country.
Exposure to a toxic or poison and its adverse effects can become medical emergencies of great magnitude, which is why many authors consider them "multiple traumas of chemical origin."
This is why the management of an intoxicated pediatric patient has a unique approach due to the diagnostic challenge that it represents. Timely and systematized care of a pediatric patient in the context of poisoning can represent the success of timely care, correct assessment, and an adequate care process. The objective of this work is to present a general approach for the intoxicated pediatric patient regarding the initial management, the approach, and the clinical data that can guide us in the emergency department when faced with an intoxicated pediatric patient.
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