Reflective accounts

Paracetamol overdose

A CPD article enhanced Anita Skinner’s knowledge of how to identify and treat paracetamol poisoning.

A CPD article enhanced Anita Skinner’s knowledge of how to identify and treat paracetamol poisoning.

Abstract

Paracetamol is safe and effective at the therapeutic dose. It is beneficial as an analgesic and is an effective antipyretic. Paracetamol is cheap and easy to buy over the counter, which makes it a common choice in intentional overdose.

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This reflective account is based on NS701 Pettie J, Dow M (2013) Assessment and management of paracetamol poisoning in adults. Nursing Standard. 27, 45, 39-47.

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