How is organophosphate (OP) toxicity prevented?

Updated: Sep 22, 2018
  • Author: Kenneth D Katz, MD, FAAEM, ABMT; Chief Editor: Sage W Wiener, MD  more...
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Health care providers must avoid contaminating themselves while handling patients poisoned by organophosphates. The potential for cross-contamination is highest in treating patients after massive dermal exposure.

Use personal protective equipment, such as neoprene or nitrile gloves and gowns, when decontaminating patients because hydrocarbons can penetrate nonpolar substances such as latex and vinyl. Use charcoal cartridge masks for respiratory protection when caring for patients with significant contamination.


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