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Acute intoxication patients presenting to an emergency department in the Netherlands: admit or not? Prospective testing of two algorithms
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    The responder makes some valuable remarks about our study, which are to some extent covered in the discussion section of our paper. Firstly, intoxication was defined as any patient evaluation because of ingestion, injection or inhalation of, or exposure to, a deleterious agent. This definition covers both intoxicated and exposed patients. Secondly, our algorithm provides cut off values of vital signs which appeared to be...

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    Letter to the Editor: Acute intoxication patients presenting to an emergency department in the Netherlands: admit or not? Prospective testing of two algorithms
    • Payal Sud, MD, Medical Toxicology - Emergency Medicine
    • Other Contributors:
      • Dean Olsen, MD; Kevin Carey, Jung Lee, MD

    In a recent publication by Ambrosius et al1, the authors designed two algorithms to predict the necessity of hospital treatment for acutely poisoned patients presenting to the emergency department. While we applaud the authors' efforts to undertake a difficult task, we have some concerns about this study.

    In contrast to the title, the study conducted a retrospective review of patients already admitted or discha...

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