A randomized clinical trial of activated charcoal for the routine management of oral drug overdose
Cooper, Gabrielle; Le Couteur, D; Richardson, D; Buckley, Nicholas
Background: Activated charcoal (AC) is commonly used for the routine management of oral drug overdose. Aim: To determine whether the routine use of activated charcoal has an effect on patient outcomes. Design: Randomized controlled unblinded trial. Methods: We recruited all adult patients presenting with an oral overdose at The Canberra Hospital, excluding only transfers, late presenters, those who had ingested drugs not adsorbed by activated charcoal or where administration was...[Show more]
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