Student First Aid - Poisoning

Poisoning - Nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, sweating, abdominal pain, seizure, laboured breathing, unconsciousness or deteriorating conscious state.


1. Ensure safety for yourself, patient and bystanders.

2. Note evidence of poisoning, eg. tablets, burns around mouth.

3. Assess patient’s conscious state and place in recovery position if breathing normally but unconscious or semi-conscious.

4. Call Triple Zero (000) or mobile 112 for an ambulance.

5. Prepare for CPR if conscious state deteriorates. Wipe around mouth before CPR if skin is irritated or burnt.

6. Call the Poisons Information Centre on 13 11 26 and follow all instructions.


In addition to following first aid instructions:


Ingested poisons: ensure evidence is kept safe for identification.

Inhaled poisons: move patient into fresh air if safe to do so.

Absorbed poisons: carefully remove contaminated clothing and wash affected skin, avoiding direct contact.

Injected poisons: ensure evidence is kept safe for identification, be prepared for rapid or aggressive change in behaviour.