Clinical Toxicology: Core Principles

10 Units

Teaches the core principles of pharmacology as they relate to toxicology.

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Medicine and Public Health

Not currently offered

Previously offered in 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course students will: a. Understand the mechanism and principles of decontamination and enhanced elimination and the application in clinical medicine; b. Understand principles underlying the movement and metabolism of drugs in the poisoned patient; c. Understand the mechanism of toxicity underlying common toxciology syndromes; d. Be able to make a risk assessment of toxicity from poisonings with pharmaceuticals; and e. Understand the treatment options for specific poisonings.


The teaching will be based around clinical problems supported by monographs and key literature. It will specifically deal with mechanisms of drug absorption and the relationship to decontamination, drug metabolism and elimination, drug actions and mechanism of toxicity and toxicology syndromes. These principles will be described by examining in detail poisoning with paracetamol, salicylate, antidepressants, antipsychotics, benzodiazepines, lithium, amphetamines and xanthines.

Assumed Knowledge Nil
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments -
  • Other: (please specify) - Blackboard discussion
Contact Hours
  • Email Discussion Group: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Self Directed Learning: for 6 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for EPID6610
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