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The Global Educational Toxicology toolkit (GETKIT)

 

 

Background:

Due to the lack of toxicology services in some countries there is a knowledge gap on the management of poisoning in the emergency department. To address this gap, we propose the delivery of a 1-day, introductory toxicology curriculum targeted to emergency doctors and first responders in developing countries.

 

Aim:

We hope to show that delivery of a one-day, interactive toxicology curriculum to health care practitioners in countries without toxicology services is feasible and effective for knowledge dissemination.

 

 Topics:

The materials will cover the basics of toxicology, with the intended audience being health care providers who care for acutely poisoned patients in low- and middle-income countries. The course will be divided into three parts:

 

    1. Didactic lectures on essential topics in poisoning management presented by ACMT Members and/or trained affiliates at host institutions.  
    1. "TOX-LAB" workshop. The aims of the workshop are to reinforce key points from the morning lecture sessions and introduce case-based approach to poisoning diagnosis and management. There will be stations, with case-based prompts highlighting diagnostic tests andvisual aids in poisoning management.
    2. Tech Clinic: Here participants can get information about toxicology databases, apps, sensors and devices, and register for ACMT’s GETUP project. They will be encouraged to bring their own laptops and smartphones, with the goal of enhancing global communications in toxicology.

 

Participants will be evaluated using pre-and post-test instruments and during the lessons using audience response software. A follow-up test will be given at three months after the course is delivered to the course participants, in which participants will be queried for both clinical knowledge retention as well as their comfort level with poisoning management as well as the extent of their online participation in asynchronous toxicology learning tools via social media.

  

For more information contact Kathy Kopec: ktkopec@gmail.com

 

GETKIT Team

 

Kathy Kopec

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Kathy is currently an emergency medicine physician and medical toxicologist at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC. She completed her EM residency and Med Tox fellowship at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA. Her areas of interest are global toxicology, drugs of abuse, public health and envenomations. 

 

Cynthia Santos

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Cynthia Santos is from Queens, New York. She obtained her B.A. in Neuroscience at Dartmouth College and her M.D. at Weill Cornell Medical College. She did her emergency medicine residency at Mount Sinai Hospital and completed her clinical toxicology fellowship at the Emory University/Centers for Disease Control program. After fellowship she joined Rutgers University Hospital as Assistant Professor in Emergency Medicine and Toxicology. Her academic interests are in global health, public health, emergency preparedness and addiction.

 

Ziad Kazzi:

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Ziad Kazzi, MD, FAAEM, FACEP, FACMT, FAACT

Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine

Director, International Postdoctoral Fellowship in Medicall Toxicology

Emory University

Assistant Medical Director, Georgia Poison Center

 

Anselm Wong

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Anselm Wong MBBS FACEM DipTox is a Clinical Toxicologist and Emergency Physician for the Austin Toxicology Service and Victorian Poisons Information Center, Austin Health, Victoria, Australia. He is the Director of the Global Educational Toxicology Uniting Project (GETUP).

 

Rais Vohra

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Rais Vohra MD FACEP FACMT is Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at UCSF Fresno and Associate Medical Director of California Poison Control System Fresno-Madera Division.