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Introduction to Perioperative Crisis Management: Toxins 

Introduction to Perioperative Crisis Management: Toxins
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Introduction to Perioperative Crisis Management: Toxins
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William R. Hand

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190226459.003.0086
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date: 25 September 2020

Management of perioperative emergencies caused by toxins, whether consumed by a patient or iatrogenic, requires a rapid assessment of patient stability and unique inquiry into the historical and clinical context leading to the patient condition. Unlike many other crises in the perioperative period, toxin-related end-organ instability often has a specific therapeutic agent required for reversal and recovery. In this section, each perioperative crisis will be described according to the pathophysiologic derangements that a clinician will encounter in both physical exam and laboratory findings. This will be followed with recommendations concerning proper patient assess for diagnosis and the a description of recommended management steps to be undertaken.

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