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Joint RCEM and NPIS best practice guideline: assessment and management of acute opioid toxicity in adults in the emergency department


The Royal College of Emergency Medicine Toxicology Special Interest Group in collaboration with the UK National Poisons Information Service and the Clinical Toxicology Department at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust has produced guidance to support clinicians working in the ED with the assessment and management of adults with acute opioid toxicity.

Considerations regarding identification of acute opioid toxicity are discussed and recommendations regarding treatment options and secondary prevention are made. There is a focus on making recommendations on the best available evidence.

  • guidelines
  • assessment
  • toxicology
  • emergency department

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