Cyanide Poisoning Treatment
Cyanide poisoning must be treated immediately because severe cyanide poisoning may cause death before antidotes can be given. Treatment for cyanide poisoning includes emergent admission to the hospital for oxygen therapy and rapid administration of specific cyanide antidotes. In severe cases, treatment may include mechanical ventilation to support respiratory failure.
Treatment for cyanide poisoning may include:
- Oxygen therapy
- Mechanical ventilation
- A machine that performs the work of breathing for a person who has respiratory failure
Medications used as antidotes for cyanide poisoning include:
Cyanide Poisoning Specialist
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat cyanide poisoning:
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