Acute iron overdose: clinical features and management
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Acute iron overdose: clinical features and management

Sarah McCrea , Information Officers at the National Poisons Information Service (London)
Nicola Bates , Information Officers at the National Poisons Information Service (London)

Sarah McCrea and Nicola Bates continue the NPIS series on managing overdoses

Iron poisoning occurs in both adults and children. The mortality rate in children is higher; deaths in adults are comparatively rare. In England and Wales, between 1964-1976, there were nine deaths in children under 15 years of age attributed to iron poisoning (MacLean 1980); 219 people died from poisoning during the same period.

Emergency Nurse. 7, 5, 18-23. doi: 10.7748/en1999.09.7.5.18.c1289

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