The main purpose of this Manual is to provide useful guidelines for the selection of pathology tests and to facilitate interpretation of results.
Contains a comprehensive listing of all genes from the Human Gene Nomenclature Committee (HGNC) database alongside laboratories and tests available in the country.
A manual for the process of macroscopic dissection in Anatomical Pathology laboratories.
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See also Forensic toxicology.
Urea, Electrolytes, Glucose, Liver function tests, drug level, Full blood count, Blood gas arterial, consider Creatine kinase.
See Guideline on Pathology testing in the Emergency department: Appendix 2.
Plasma concentration of drug(s) is the investigation of choice, if the test is available and confirmation of overdose is required.
Consult pathologist for specimen collection requirements.
If the specific drug is uncertain, or other drug(s) suspected: Drugs of abuse screen (urine) may be of value - specify likely drug(s) and the clinical findings considered to be drug related.
Because of the frequency and severity of paracetamol overdose, Paracetamol level (serum) should be measured in all patients.
See Paracetamol overdose
Assess organ function, as indicated clinically.
Contact local Poisons Information Centre for specific toxicity information.
See also Anticoagulant monitoring, Poisoning
Other organ damage
Especially Paracetamol overdose
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