Management of toxic inhalation accidents if often problematic because of the typically sensational nature of such incidents, the lack of disaster planning, the nonspecificity of toxic effects, and the frequent exposure to multiple toxins. In addition, except for carbon monoxide and chlorine, no one compound is a very frequent cause of toxic inhalation, so emergency personnel are generally unfamiliar with most offending agents. Nonetheless, because of the large number of hazardous gases and aerosols that may be encountered, toxic inhalations in the aggregate are an important cause of poisoning. Their importance is further heightened by the widespread misunderstanding and mystique that surrounds many of them. Since most toxic inhalation casualties will be managed through the emergency medical services system, emergency physicians need to have a fundamental knowledge about inhalational toxicology if they are to recognize and properly treat victims of such accidents.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||18|
|Journal||Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America|
|State||Published - 1984|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
- Emergency Medicine