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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 9 essential topics in poisoning management presented by ACMT Members and/or trained affiliates at host institutions. Authors of each lecture will be asked to devise 6 multiple choice questions about their topic, to be used in pre-test, post-test, and in-class formative assessment.

 

  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 8 to 10 stations, with case-based prompts highlighting diagnostic tests and visual/ olfactory aids in poisoning management.

 

  1. 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: Rais Vohra raisvohra@hotmail.com