INTOX Poisons Centre Training Manual
The INTOX Poisons Centre Training Manual is being developed by an international working group of experienced poisons centre staff. The aim of the manual is to provide guidance and source material for those setting up new poisons centres or wishing to establish a training programme in an existing centre.
Each training document is in two parts: one for the trainer and one for the trainee. The trainer's document contains the same text as the trainee's version but also provides suggestions for training methodologies and also for additional points that the trainer may wish to emphasize. Suggested answers to the trainee's test questions are also provided.
The manual is a work in progress. At present 8 chapters have been written, and additional chapters are planned. The currently available chapters are as follows:
1. Introductory material
1.1 Guidelines for training poisons information staff - Principles
1.2 Guidelines for training poisons information staff - Methods
2. Skills and Operations
2.1 Telephone communication skills
2.2 Handling a poisons call: taking a clinical history
2.3 Documenting Enquiries
2.4 Units, calculations and conversions
2.5 Use of the Poisoning Severity Score
3. Subject knowledge
3.1 General management of the poisoned patient
These chapters are in PDF format and can be downloaded. If you require them in Word format, please send your request to the e-mail address (IPCSINTOX) specified below.
If you have any comments on these materials, please send an e-mail to IPCS INTOX.