Hong Kong Journal of Emergency Medicine

Volume 10 Number 4, October 2003

Accidental organophosphate insecticide poisoning: a fatal child case with hazards to emergency department staff

CL Lau, KL Chung, CW Kam

A 2-year-old boy was accidentally poisoned by one spoonful of organophosphate insecticide and presented in cardiac arrest. Spontaneous circulation was restored after initial resuscitation and antidote therapy (atropine and pralidoxime) but the boy finally succumbed with multiple complications. We reviewed the literature on the clinical features and management of acute organophosphate poisoning, and the appropriate protective equipment for preventing secondary poisoning of healthcare workers. (Hong Kong j.emerg.med. 2003;10:248-252)

Keywords : Antidote, atropine, health personnel, occupational exposure, pralidoxime

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