Robert N. E. French

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BACKGROUND The Gila monster (Heloderma suspectum) is a venomous lizard native to the deserts of southwestern United States (US) and northern Mexico. The purpose of this study was to describe human exposures to Gila monsters reported to US poison control centers (PCCs) with a focus on Arizona cases. METHODS The American Association of Poison Control(More)
This is the second of a three-part series that reviews the generalized care of poisoned patients in the ICU. This article focuses on specific agents grouped into categories, including analgesics, anticoagulants, cardiovascular drugs, dissociative agents, carbon monoxide, cyanide, methemoglobinemia, cholinergic agents, psychoactive medications,(More)
Complementary and alternative medications, including the use of herbal medications, have become quite popular in the USA. Yerberias are found throughout the southwest and specialize in selling Hispanic herbal products. The products sold in these stores are not regulated by any governmental agency. Previous reports have found Ayurvedic medications contain(More)
Toxidromes aid emergency care providers in the context of the patient presenting with suspected poisoning, unexplained altered mental status, unknown hazardous materials or chemical weapons exposure, or the unknown overdose. The ability to capture an adequate chemical exposure history and to recognize toxidromes may reduce dependence on laboratory tests,(More)
A 42-year-old woman contacted the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center (AZPDIC) after envenomation by a tricolor buckmoth caterpillar (Hemileuca tricolor). She was underneath a mesquite tree in her yard when the caterpillar fell onto her posterior left shoulder. Within minutes, a pruritic urticarial eruption had developed. Within 1 hour after the(More)
OBJECTIVE The goal of this study was to analyze trends in the annual rates of reported medical outcomes of cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus) snakebites in the United States, published in the annual reports of the American Association of Poison Control Centers in the course of 29 years. METHODS This was a retrospective analysis of medical outcomes for(More)
A 29-year-old man was bitten on the forearm by a wild Gila monster. Radiographs demonstrated subcutaneous air. During a period of observation, erythema and edema progressed from the forearm to the axilla and he developed a significant leukocytosis. No purulence was found upon surgical evaluation. We hypothesize that air was introduced into the wound by the(More)
Background: Smuggling of drugs via internal concealment, known as " body packing, " is on the rise. Early methods of internal concealment relied on swallowed drug packets constructed from available materials such as balloons and con-doms. Packet rupture was associated with high mortality. Modern drug packets are machine produced and carry a lower risk of(More)
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