Assessment and management of paracetamol poisoning in adults

This learning module has been accredited by the Royal College of Nursing and was last updated in 2016.

All modules are subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software.

Duration: 01:00:00 Type: CPD modules Level: Qualified Nurses, Students

Authors

Janice Pettie, Toxicology specialist nurse, National Poisons Information Service, Edinburgh.
Margaret Dow, Toxicology specialist nurse, National Poisons Information Service, Edinburgh.


Short description

As this module identifies paracetamol as the drug most commonly used in overdose, which can be fatal. Improve your assessment and management skills of adults with paracetamol poisoning, and learn strategies to reduce the incidence and severity of this form of poisoning.


Detailed description

Paracetamol is a low cost, effective analgesic that is widely available in the UK. Paracetamol is the drug most commonly taken in overdose and can lead to acute liver failure, which can be fatal. This learning module focuses on the assessment and management of paracetamol poisoning in adults. It includes current UK guidelines on paracetamol poisoning, which changed in September 2012 following a review by the Commission on Human Medicines. It also discusses strategies to reduce incidence and severity of paracetamol poisoning, and outlines the metabolism of paracetamol at therapeutic doses and in overdose.

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