Table 1.

Basic Toxicologic Principles Taught Within an Introduction to Therapeutics Course

• Epidemiology of poisonings in the United States (children and adolescents, adults, elderly)
• Potential routes of toxic exposures
• Basic approaches to the poisoned patient
• Basic toxicologic laboratory assessments
• Initial and basic toxicologic management principles
• Decontamination strategies (ipecac, charcoal, gastric lavage, cathartics, hemofiltration)
• Antidotes