d. Handbook of Poisoning. This text is organized according to the type of
setting in which poisoning might occur (that is, agricultural, industrial, household, plant,
insect, and so forth.). The text also presents an excellent discussion of such pertinent
topics as poison prevention, emergency treatment, and poisoning diagnosis.
e. Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs. This reference identifies the
ingredients of over-the-counter products.
f. Clinical Toxicology of Commercial Products. This comprehensive text
contains information on over 17,000 products and ingredients. It discusses the signs,
symptoms, and treatment of various types of poisonings. One caution: It is rather a
complex book to use. Therefore, you should acquaint yourself with this text before you
have to use it in an emergency situation.
g. Poisindex. Poisindex, as part of the subscription to Micromedex is
available as a quick, thorough reference. Most drug information centers and emergency
departments will have Poisindex set up as an icon on their desktop computers for
The references just described contain essential information on topics related to
poisoning. The quick use of these references to learn of poisoning signs, symptoms,
and treatment have saved many a patient's life. Just think, many accidental poisonings
can be prevented. The best therapy is that of prevention. You are in a unique position
to help the patient realize that they should safeguard their medications in order to
prevent any type of accidental poisoning. It is much easier to prevent most poisonings
than it is to treat those poisonings. Some pharmacies emphasize poisoning prevention
through such programs as the collection of unused medication. You can have your own
poisoning prevention program in your own home.