|ID:315 ||Iron (acute)||Search Links: General Info : Protocols : Patient Info|
|Description||Urgent Iron is only available via prior arrangement with the laboratory.|
|Indication||Investigation of ingestion of iron tablets.
|Additional Info||IRON POISONING: Usually occurs in children due to accidental poisoning. Occasionally overdoses have occurred in adults. Pregnant women on iron supplements may pose a particular clinical problem. If toxicity is suspected it is vital to treat the patient immediatelty before any laboratory iron estimation is obtained. A guide to the amount of iron tablets ingested may be obtained by an abdominal X-ray (within 4 hours) which also shows if emptying is complete. As a guide blood should be taken for serum iron 4 hours post ingestion. However the variety of iron formulations on the market today, together with the lack of knowledge on it's kinetics means treatment should not be based upon iron estimations. Poisons centre advice is as follows: Blood taken 4 hrs post ingestion. A serum iron between 55 - 90 umol/L should be treated with I.M chelation therapy (desferrioaxamine). A serum iron between >90 umol/L should be treated with I.V chelation therapy.|
|Ref. Range (Male)||14 - 30|
|Ref. Range (Female)||11 - 29|
|Ref. Range (Paed)|| |
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|IP Acute TAT||Refer to Website|
|IP Routine TAT||Refer to Website|
|GP Acute TAT||- Contact Laboratory|
|GP Routine TAT||24 hours|
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