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Severe Self-poisoning in Sunderland

Br Med J 1969; 1 doi: (Published 15 March 1969) Cite this as: Br Med J 1969;1:679

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  1. G. R. Burston


    One hundred and twenty-nine patients (25·5%) out of 505 consecutive cases of self-poisoning admitted to a non-teaching poisoning treatment centre run as part of an acute medical unit are reviewed in detail. All of them were severely poisoned and would possibly have died without admission to hospital. Despite considerable limitations in the medical, nursing, and laboratory facilities available a very low mortality rate was achieved by practising intensive supportive and conservative care, supplemented on occasion by a forced alkaline diuresis.