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Medical Toxicology Course 2023

13 December 2023

The Welsh National Poisons Unit (WNPU) recently hosted a two-day Medical Toxicology course in Cardiff, between 06-07 October 2023. The event aimed to provide NHS and other healthcare professionals the opportunity to develop further their knowledge of how to manage cases of poisoning, as well as providing newcomers to the profession the opportunity to understand current issues in medical toxicology.

The event included a number of interesting presentations from a range of guest speakers from different organisations including Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital, the Great North Children’s Hospital (Newcastle), the Royal Army Medical Corps, WEDINOS, and the UK Health Security Agency, as well as from consultant clinical toxicologists from the four National Poisons Information Service Units (Birmingham, Cardiff, Newcastle and Edinburgh). Presentations focused on a wide breadth of toxicological issues, and encompassed:

  • emerging trends reported in drugs and novel substances in the UK,
  • organophosphate and nerve gas poisoning,
  • cardiovascular drug toxicity and its management,
  • nitrous oxide poisoning,
  • toxicity of traditional medicines,
  • paediatric poisoning, and
  • chemicals, environmental hazards, and public health.

The event closed with engaging presentations from four Specialists in Poisons Information from WNPU, who discussed jellyfish poisoning, therapeutic errors involving prednisolone, e-cigarette liquid eye exposures, and the psychoactive indole alkaloid ibogaine.

The event was a huge success, and provided an excellent opportunity for attendees to develop their understanding of toxicological issues, new advances in toxicology, and the management of toxicology cases. The next Medical Toxicology Course will take place 04-05 October 2024 in Cardiff. Further details will be available shortly.

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