ACTION STAT: Acetaminophen overdose

January 2005 
Volume 35  Number 1
Pages 88 - 88
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  • What must you do immediately?

  • What should be done later?


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    LETHARGIC AND complaining of a stomachache, Nancy Whitehead, 18, is brought to the ED by her mother, Sarah. Nancy's skin is pale and diaphoretic, and she responds to tactile stimuli. She has vomited, according to her mother. You take her vital signs: BP, 105/55; temperature, 97° F (36.1° C); pulse, 70 and regular; respirations, 18; and SpO 2 , 96%. Her bowel sounds are hyperactive.

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    Mrs. Whitehead says her daughter told her she took “several handfuls” of acetaminophen tablets about 4 hours ago, after an argument with her boyfriend. She shows you the empty bottle, which contained 500-mg acetaminophen tablets. Although the bottle ...

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