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Wednesday 22nd July 2015


Update in acute poisoning

The National Poisons Information Service (Birmingham Unit) is holding an update on various aspects of clinical toxicology including a session on the optimal use of TOXBASE, the computerized database of the NPIS.

The programme will be of particular relevance to clinicians working in Acute Medicine and Accident and Emergency Departments. All the speakers are acknowledged experts on their topics of presentation.


Professor Nick Bateman

Formerly Director of the NPIS (Edinburgh Unit), Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh and Emeritus Professor in Clinical Toxicology, University of Edinburgh


Dr Sally Bradberry

Deputy Director, NPIS (Birmingham Unit) and West Midlands Poisons Unit, City Hospital, Birmingham; Honorary Senior Lecturer, School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham


Dr Simon Hill

Consultant Clinical Toxicologist, NPIS (Newcastle Unit) and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, Newcastle University


Professor Allister Vale

Director, NPIS (Birmingham Unit) and West Midlands Poisons Unit, City Hospital, Birmingham; School of Biosciences and College of Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham




Registration and coffee 09.30-10.00
Welcome and introduction 10.00-10.05
Paracetamol poisoning: is treating more people better? 10.05-10.40
Management of antidepressant poisoning 10.40-11.15
Coffee 11.15-11.45
Recreational drugs and legal high update 11.45-12.45
Lunch 12.45-13.45
Optimal use of TOXBASE 13.45-14.20
Alcohol and glycol poisoning 14.20-14.55
Management of cardiotoxic drug poisoning 14.55-15.30
Controversies in the use of flumazenil and naloxone 15.30-16.00
End of symposium 16.00


'Update in acute poisoning' has been approved by the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom for 4 category 1 (external) CPD credits.