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Acetaminophen Paracetamol Overdose

This was the first illustration where I chose to anthropomorphize an organ and so…Liver-Man was born!

Even my artist friend, without any medical background, now recognizes that acetaminophen is toxic to the liver and induces nausea and vomiting. He knows the antidote is N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) and there is a very important time-sensitive component to diagnosis and treatment.

The bathroom has become a common scene in Toxicology in a Box and here it allowed me to utilize a common bathroom scale to express the toxic doses of the drug. In this flashcard I started cheating by putting things on the walls, such as a clock to tell that the antidote is most effective when administered within 6-8 hours of ingestion. A clock on the bathroom wall isn’t as much of a stretch as a framed dosing schedule for NAC…but it is still a stretch.


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Emergency medicine physician and assistant professor at the SUNY Upstate Medical University and the VA Medical Center in Syracuse, New York | Tox Flashcards | @EM_Pearls |

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