Implementing a ToxMedic Program in Your Department

04/25/2014
By FRED HAAS Providing care to a patient suffering the effects of chemical exposure presents a challenge to emergency medical responders. Symptoms of exposure are often vague, masking a potential illness. Patients may require decontamination, a skill that is not performed routinely. The treatment of some chemical exposures involves antidotes not found in the everyday emergency medical services (EMS) medical kit. A ToxMedic program may benefit departments as they address serving these patients. ToxMedics are EMS providers who receive additional training in medical care of hazardous materials exposure. The amount and type of training will depend on your service's current staffing types and ...

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