Clinical Toxicology: Core Principles

Course code EPID6610Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Medicine and Public Health

Teaches the core principles of pharmacology as they relate to toxicology.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesOn completion of the course students will:
a. Understand the mechanism and principles of decontamination and enhanced elimination and the application in clinical medicine;
b. Understand principles underlying the movement and metabolism of drugs in the poisoned patient;
c. Understand the mechanism of toxicity underlying common toxciology syndromes;
d. Be able to make a risk assessment of toxicity from poisonings with pharmaceuticals; and
e. Understand the treatment options for specific poisonings.
ContentThe teaching will be based around clinical problems supported by monographs and key literature. It will specifically deal with mechanisms of drug absorption and the relationship to decontamination, drug metabolism and elimination, drug actions and mechanism of toxicity and toxicology syndromes. These principles will be described by examining in detail poisoning with paracetamol, salicylate, antidepressants, antipsychotics, benzodiazepines, lithium, amphetamines and xanthines.
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Distance Learning : Paper Based
External Mode
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Other: (please specify)Blackboard discussion
Contact HoursEmail Discussion Group: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Self Directed Learning: for 6 hour(s) per Week for Full Term