Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Got SLUDGE? I hope not!

Yesterday in toxicology we learned a fun acronym: SLUDGE. You use SLUDGE to help you remember the clinical signs you'll see during Phase 1 poisoning with certain toxicants.

Lacrimation (tear production)
Diaphoresis (excessive sweating)
Gastrointestinal effects (e.g. diarrhea)
Emesis (vomiting)

Sounds fun, yes? Well, now if you find yourself feeling SLUDGEy, you'll at least know what might be the matter!

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