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Gut decontamination of acutely poisoned patients: what do doctors really know about it?
  1. David Michael Wood1,
  2. Shaun L Greene1,
  3. Alison Linda Jones2,
  4. Paul Ivor Dargan1
  1. 1
    Guy’s and St Thomas Poisons Unit, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  2. 2
    University of Newcastle, Callaghan Drive, Newcastle, NSW, Australia
  1. Dr David Wood, Guy’s and St Thomas Poisons Unit, Avonley Road, London, SE14 5ER, UK; David.Wood{at}


There are consensus guidelines on the appropriate use of gut decontamination in the management of poisoned patients. This study demonstrates that few doctors have read these guidelines and that they have poor knowledge of the use of gut decontamination, which can be improved with specific clinical toxicology teaching. Future guidelines should be published in journals more widely read by those doctors treating poisoned patients.

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  • Contributions: DW had the initial concept for the study and all the authors contributed to the design of the study questionnaire and the final study protocol. DW and PD undertook the study and DW undertook the initial data analysis. AJ provided statistical advice on the data analysis. DW drafted the first draft of the manuscript and all authors contributed to the revised manuscript.

  • Funding: none

  • Competing interests: none

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