Toxicology Season 1 Episode 2: Decontamination and Elimination

This is episode 2 of season one of the Toxicology series that Suzan Mazor, the Medical Director for Toxicology at Seattle Children’s, and I are putting together. This follow up episode focuses on a decontamination and elimination in the poisoned pediatric patient and offers many pearls that will serve as a foundation for upcoming episodes – including why Ipecac is no longer prescribed to every 4 month old!

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By bradsobo

Brad Sobolewski, MD, MEd is an Associate Professor of Pediatric Emergency Medicine and an Associate Director for the Pediatric Residency Training Program at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He is on Twitter @PEMTweets and authors the Pediatric Emergency Medicine site PEMBlog and produces and hosts the PEM Currents: The Pediatric Emergency Medicine Podcast.

3 replies on “Toxicology Season 1 Episode 2: Decontamination and Elimination”

This podcast has very thorough and helpful episodes for physicians caring for children in the ED. However is this episode targeting premed students? Obviously it’s a broad topic but saying “charcoal sticks to” as the mechanism of a major player in decontamination?
Regardless, thanks for making the podcast and contributing to FOAM.

I appreciate the feedback. I think that this is appropriate for many levels of learners, and these are these types of questions that readily appear on pediatric board exams. I do think that Dr. Mazor’s usage of colloquial Language helps to drive home concepts of how charcoal physically interacts with toxins. Could you suggest an alternative explanation?

I just started listening to the podcasts, really enjoyed it, topic seems very current, appropriate duration.
Just had one snag, after listening to Mastoiditis, I was unable to take the test and get CME. Like to know how to get CME on past episodes.

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