Use of Activated Charcoal in Poisoning

As-Salam-o-Alaikum Respected Readers,

Today we will share with you one of the many updates from G2010. Our today’s update is on “use of activated charcoal in poisoning”.

Today’s post will be a brief post in which we will also include what 2005 guidelines had to say about use of activated charcoal in poisoning. In the end we will see an updated 2010 guidelines on use of activated charcoal in poisoning and the rationale behind this update.

2005 Guidelines:

“There is insufficient evidence to recommend for or against the use of activated charcoal as first aid for ingestion.”

The summary of the change is that there is no evidence that activated charcoal is effective as a component of first aid. It may be safe to administer, but it has not been shown to be beneficial, and there are reports of it causing harm.

2010 Guidelines:

Don’t administer activated charcoal to a victim who has ingested a poisonous substances unless you are advised to do so by poison control center or emergency medical personnel.”

Henceforth, the 2010 guidelines has not shutdown the window of opportunity to use it but after seeking medical advise.

To Your Success & Safety,

Faisal Javed Mir


About Faisal Javed Mir

Faisal Javed Mir is Occupational Health and Safety Professional, having 15+ years of profound experience in training and consultancy. He has knowledge, skills, experience, tools, proven history and confidence to deliver what is required by the valued clients. He is teaching First Aid since 2006 and certified by MEDIC First Aid International of United States for many first aid certification programs. He is the only Instructor-Trainer by MEDIC First Aid and American Health and Safety Institute (ASHI) in Pakistan.
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1 Response to Use of Activated Charcoal in Poisoning

  1. Robbie says:

    I rellay wish there were more articles like this on the web.


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