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 a 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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