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Gut contamination of acutely poisoned patients: why is no one using the NICE guideline?
  1. R Burbeck1,
  2. T Kendall1,2,
  3. P Lelliott1,3,
  4. G Volans4,
  5. S Baston2
  1. 1
    National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health (NCCMH), Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Training and Research Unit, London, UK
  2. 2
    Sheffield Care Trust, Sheffield, UK
  3. 3
    Oxleas NHS Mental Health Trust, Kent, UK
  4. 4
    Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  1. Ms R Burbeck, CORE, Subdepartment of Clinical Health Psychology, University College London, 1–19 Torrington Place, London WC1E 7HBl, UK; rachel.burbeck{at}

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In response to the article by Wood et al1 on the current state of knowledge among doctors on acute gut decontamination, we would point out that the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) self-harm guideline published in 2004 addresses this issue in its guidance about the general management of patients who have self-poisoned.2 NICE’s role is to provide guidance …

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  • Funding: TK receives funding from NICE for the development of guidelines.

  • Competing interests: None.