Egerton Y. Davis IV has urged UCEM toxicologists to be on stand-by for potentially one of the worst voluntary mass poisonings the world has seen.
Davis IV’s actions are a response to the breaking news that skeptics in the UK are planning a protest against the unethical sale of homeopathic pills by the chain store Boots. The protest will involve mass overdoses of the offending remedies outside of Boots’ stores. UCEM fears that copycat poisonings may follow the world over.
The Demographically Impartial Public & Social Heath Improvement Team are currently preparing management protocols for the treatment of homeopathic overdoses – a sadly neglected area of toxicology. It appears the main risks are dumping syndrome or hyperglycemia from the excessive intake of sugar contained in the pills, not to mention the worrying potential for water intoxication and even drowning. The wearing of gas masks is, as always, recommended as a precaution.
Decontamination of clothing currently poses a significant therapeutic dilemma. As pointed out by Dr. Leon Gussow, the malign influence of water memory may mean that the dilutional effects of stripping down and showering the victims may actually increase the toxicity of the homeopathic agents…
Chris is an Intensivist and ECMO specialist at the Alfred ICU in Melbourne. He is also a Clinical Adjunct Associate Professor at Monash University. He is a co-founder of the Australia and New Zealand Clinician Educator Network (ANZCEN) and is the Lead for the ANZCEN Clinician Educator Incubator programme. He is on the Board of Directors for the Intensive Care Foundation and is a First Part Examiner for the College of Intensive Care Medicine. He is an internationally recognised Clinician Educator with a passion for helping clinicians learn and for improving the clinical performance of individuals and collectives.
After finishing his medical degree at the University of Auckland, he continued post-graduate training in New Zealand as well as Australia’s Northern Territory, Perth and Melbourne. He has completed fellowship training in both intensive care medicine and emergency medicine, as well as post-graduate training in biochemistry, clinical toxicology, clinical epidemiology, and health professional education.
He is actively involved in in using translational simulation to improve patient care and the design of processes and systems at Alfred Health. He coordinates the Alfred ICU’s education and simulation programmes and runs the unit’s education website, INTENSIVE. He created the ‘Critically Ill Airway’ course and teaches on numerous courses around the world. He is one of the founders of the FOAM movement (Free Open-Access Medical education) and is co-creator of litfl.com, the RAGE podcast, the Resuscitology course, and the SMACC conference.
His one great achievement is being the father of three amazing children.
On Twitter, he is @precordialthump.