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Treat Food Poison

Important Information

Food poisoning occurs when people eat foods that are contaminated by bacteria or eat food that is toxic, such as certain mushrooms, fish or shellfish


The symptoms can be delayed and include severe stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, weakness and general discomfort


Patient Care; Food Poisoning

  • STOP - Assess and observe the scene; Could the person have eaten something spoiled, contaminated or harmful?

  • THINK - Consider your safety and form action plan

  • ACT - Check responsiveness and Alert EMS as appropriate


  • Conduct an illness assessment and try to discover what they ate

  • If the patient shows signs of severe allergic reactions, treat appropriately; Monitor the patient's Cycle of Care until EMS arrives

  • If they vomit or have diarrhea, offer fluids to prevent dehydration; Continue to support the patient until recovered and consider saving a sample of expelled body fluids for examination to determine the type of poison

  • If the symptoms are severe, prolonged or get worse, transport the person to a medical facility