Duties of Doctor in Case of Suspected Poisoning

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Duties of Doctor in Case of Suspected Poisoning

September 8, 2021 Medicine and Medical 0

The responsibilities of a registered medical practitioner (RMP) when dealing with a suspected poisoning case grow since it is a medical emergency with legal implications. The doctor’s job include not only following a basic management routine, but also handling legal requirements when the treatment is completed. Supportive care, proper diagnosis, use of toxidromes, removal of unabsorbed poison, elimination of absorbed poison, and antidote delivery, if available, should be the basic therapy modalities. Following therapy, the legal documentation should be clear and correct. Wherever possible, police information should be provided. The doctor is responsible for all other legal and ethical activities in connection with a poisoning case that would otherwise be punishable under present legislation. As a result, we doctors not only save the lives of patients but also safeguard the legal rights of individuals or the state by applying our ability and knowledge and doing our duties correctly. In dealing with a poisoning situation, the doctor’s role is doubled in terms of the patient and the state. Keeping in mind a doctor’s primary responsibility, which is to provide better patient care, never overlook the doctor’s legal obligations. As a result, the doctor must fulfil both his medical and medicolegal obligations to the patient and the state.

Author (S) Details

Bibhuti Bhusana Panda
FMT, SCB Medical College, Cuttack, Odisha, India.

Kunal Mishra
FMT, IMS & SUM Hospital, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India.

Hemanta Kumar Sahoo
FMT, IMS & SUM Hospital, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India.

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