You took WHAT???
The more you know, the less you know about a poison…. just look at paracetamol! And if your patient took something you knew a little bit about…. it is always combined with a new chemical name that you have never heard about! Not to mention the forever changing and amazing routes to administer it!
If you would like to know more about Toxicology, there will be two amazing Toxicology conferences in Australia this year.
On 1st and 2nd of May 2015 there is the TAPNA (Toxicology and Poisons Network Australasia) scientific meeting in Sydney. Since it is closely linked with Emergency Medicine and the poisonings are all kind of acute by the time they come to medical attention, the topic of the conference is Toxicology issues in acute care. The first day will be a conference with a few notable Australian speakers (Prof Nick Buckley on evidence and controversies in Toxicology, Dr Simone Strasser on drug induced hepatotoxicity, Dr Geoof Isbister on toxicokinetics, Dr Deirdre Murphy from INTENSIVE on ECMO use in the poisoned patient). The second day is an educational session on common Toxicology presentations, useful for anybody working in an Emergency Department, wanting to start a career in Toxicology or simply with an interest in Toxicology. The presenters will be Dr Andrew Dawson (@lankatox), Dr Colin Page, Dr Michael Downes (@ToxTalks), Dr Kate Sellors (@katesellors) and Dr Zeff Koutsogiannis (@zeff65) and myself (@ivyswonders).
Then on 1st to 4th December 2015 WATS (Western Australian Toxicology Service) will hold the Asia Pacific Association of Medical Toxicology (APAMT) conference in Perth.
Western Australia might be on the far and forgotten side of Australia, but it is not exactly a small state. Poisoned patients often wait hours before they are transferred to tertiary centres if they require specialist care. So the theme was appropriately chosen as Remote, Resource and Retrieval Challenges in Toxicology. There will be a preconference symposium run by TAPNA with workshops and lectures on various poisons and toxic exposures. And among the confirmed guest speakers we have so far Prof Bruno Megarbane from France, Dr Dag Jacobsen and Dr Knut Erik Hovda from Norway, Dr Michael Eddleston and Dr Paul Dargan from the UK.
I hope to see you either in Syndey or Perth or both!