The role of the toxicology laboratory in emergency medicine

Journal of Toxicology. Clinical Toxicology
B R HeplerI Sunshine


The toxicology laboratory can provide diagnostic and prognostic information relevant to an alleged acute poisoning. To do this effectively, the clinician must cooperate by providing suitable specimens to and dialogue with the laboratory. The many simple laboratory tests that enable prompt qualitative results relevant to diagnosis as well as those more elegant procedures required for prognosis are briefly described. The toxicologist, by promptly reporting the results of these tests to the clinician and assisting in their interpretation, helps insure optimal patient care.


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