Crozer-Keystone Introduces Toxicology Consulting Services - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Published on July 28, 2016

Crozer-Keystone Introduces Toxicology Consulting Services

Crozer-Keystone Health SystemMedia Contact:
Katrina Stier
(610) 447-6314
Katrina.Stier@crozer.org

  • Gregory Cuculino, M.D., chief of Emergency Medicine for Crozer-Keystone
  • Dorian Jacobs, M.D., toxicology consultant

With emergency department visits for poisoning injuries and death continuing to rise; Crozer-Keystone recently introduced a bedside toxicology consultant service.

Poisoning is injury or death due to swallowing, inhaling, touching or injecting various drugs, chemicals, venoms or gases. A drug overdose is considered a form of poisoning and is treated accordingly. According to a CDC National Health Report, deaths from drug overdose have been rising steadily over the past two decades and have become the leading cause of injury death in the United States.

Similar to a trauma victim, the first few hours for a poisoned patient after exposure is typically the critical time in the management of a poisoned patient. Crozer-Keystone’s new toxicology service provides bedside consultation for poisoned patients in order to:

  • Administer antidotes that emergency medicine physicians may not be familiar with dispensing
  • Anticipate the expected trajectory of the patient’s course
  • Optimize the decision for disposition of the patient (admit versus discharge, appropriate use of monitor-setting, etc.)
  • Tailor the management of patients with drug and alcohol detoxification syndromes during their admission.

“The ability of a consultant toxicologist to help evaluate and manage the treatment of a poisoned patient at the bedside is important,” according to Gregory Cuculino, M.D., chief of Emergency Medicine for Crozer-Keystone. “Just some of the benefits of this service include improved quality of care, decreased readmissions, decreased length of stay and improved patient and family satisfaction.”

Crozer-Keystone emergency medicine physician Dorian Jacobs, M.D. will serve as the toxicology consultant. She is a board-certified emergency medicine physician who is also a board-eligible medical toxicologist.

For more information about this new service, contact Jacobs at dorian.jacobs@crozer.org.

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