Development of Quick Reference Manual for the Management of Drug Overdose and Poisoning

Authors

  • Alan Tom1 , Mohammed Salih1 , N Venkateswaramurthy1 , R Sambathkumar1

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v15i1.13509

Keywords:

Drug overdose, Formulary, Monograph, Poisoning

Abstract

Aim: To develop a reference manual for the management of drug overdose and poisoning.
Methods: A prospective developmental study was performed for a span of six months at a tertiary care
hospital in Erode. Information on the management of cases of drug overdose and poisoning was provided
based on queries received at the Drug Information Center and the poisoning cases identified in the respective
hospital over the past three years. Further attention was paid to detecting local poisons. Such information
was collected on the basis of literature reviews, magazines and newspapers. In addition to drug and poison
monographs; android applications, toxicological databases and links, standard reference books and articles
on drug overdose and poisoning were included. Locally reported cases have been given more focus.
Results: A formulary was prepared which includes the management information for 100 drugs and 57 toxic
substances that were identified after extensive research. The signs and symptoms of the various poisoning
cases were graded as mild, moderate and severe based on poison severity scale (PSS) and respective antidotes
were mentioned.
Conclusion: As per our knowledge, this is the first formulary that focus on local poisons. The implementation
of the formulary may have a significant impact on healthcare professionals to improve the quality of life
of patients.This provides important information of localized poisoning and drug overdose in a nutshell and
therefore offers as a quick data to the enquirer.

Author Biography

Alan Tom1 , Mohammed Salih1 , N Venkateswaramurthy1 , R Sambathkumar1

1Department of Pharmacy Practice, J.K.K.Nattraja College of Pharmacy, Kumarapalayam, Namakkal, TamilNadu,
India

Published

2020-12-31

How to Cite

Alan Tom1 , Mohammed Salih1 , N Venkateswaramurthy1 , R Sambathkumar1. (2020). Development of Quick Reference Manual for the Management of Drug Overdose and Poisoning. Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, 15(1), 768-772. https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v15i1.13509