The lungs can be an efficient means for the absorption of inhaled toxicants, resulting in airway and pulmonary injury or systemic toxicity. Although a few specific antidotes exist for inhaled toxicants, the syndrome of acute inhalation injury and clinical therapeutics are linked by common pathways of pathophysiology. Understanding the mechanisms of inhalation injury and occupation- or situation-specific toxicants can simplify the decision-making process for the out-of-hospital emergency responder and the emergency physician when confronted with a patient and the myriad of potential inhaled toxicants.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Emergency Medicine