Last updated: Friday, 24, December, 2010
Plasma concentration of drug(s) is the investigation of choice, if the test is available and confirmation of overdose is required.
Consult pathologist for specimen collection requirements.
If the specific drug is uncertain, or other drug(s) suspected: drugs - toxicological screening - urine may be of value - specify likely drug(s) and the clinical findings considered to be drug related.
Because of the frequency and severity of paracetamol overdose, paracetamol - serum levels should be measured in all patients.
Assess organ function, as indicated clinically.
Contact local Poisons Information Centre for specific toxicity information.
Other organ damage
Especially Paracetamol overdose