Journal of Paramedic Practice, Vol. 4, Iss. 3, 02 Mar 2012, pp 130 - 131
The recently proposed European guidelines for the management of smoke inhalation and cyanide poisoning-presented at the 6th Mediterranean Emergency Medicine Congress (MEMC) in Kos, Greece, 2011-contrast greatly with usual practice in the UK, where we tend to focus on the management of carbon monoxide (CO) and do not routinely treat or suspect cyanide poisoning. Indeed, a recent survey conducted at the College of Emergency Medicine (CEM) (Hospital Pharmacy Europe, 2011) annual conference revealed that 84% of UK emergency medicine physicians would not routinely consider treating cyanide poisoning empirically in smoke inhalation victims-a key recommendation of the new algorithms presented at the recent MEMC in Kos.
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