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Short Course in Emergency Toxicology and Venomology - E-learning



Registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a Private Institution of Higher Education under the higher education act, 1997. Reg No. 2002/HE07/013

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About this Course

Acute poisoning or intoxication is one of the most important causes of death in patients of all age groups, but particularly the young. Many of these deaths can be prevented by accurate emergency interventions. Undergraduate training of health practitioners in advanced life support for acute poisoning is not always at an adequate or acceptable level. Certain poisonings can be very severe and can cause rapid deterioration of patients who appeared well on presentation. In addition, managing patients with snake-bites, spider bites and scorpion stings requires specific knowledge. Snake identification, the syndromic approach to snake bite and antivenom indications and administration are dealt with in detail. This course has been specially designed and developed by experienced emergency medicine and pharmacology experts to equip doctors, nurses and advanced paramedics to intervene in these specialised emergencies.

Who Should Enrol

Medical practitioners, Medical interns, Professional nurses and Clinical Associates

Course Design

Interactive 2-day face to face training that is supplemented by case studies and group discussions. Presented and designed by experts in the field of Emergency medicine.


Participants are assessed on the self-study component of the course through means of a multiple-choice questionnaire at the end of the workshop for which an average of 70% has to be obtained.


Accredited according to the HPCSA’s Medical and Dental Board Guidelines for Health Care Professionals for 19 CEU’s on Level 2.


To qualify for the certificate of completion for this short course, participants should fully attend the workshop as well as successfully complete the assessment process.

Learning Outcomes

Recognise the most important toxidromes in clinical toxicology.

  • Know the most commonly used antidotes in clinical toxicology and understand which poisons can be treated with it.
  • Select the most appropriate decontamination strategy for a poisoned patient.
  • Understand how the pharmacology of drug poisoning impact on removal techniques such as haemodialysis.
  • Recognise and manage important “street-drug” overdoses in the South-African context.
  • Apply their knowledge of various antivenoms to the treatment of bites and stings from venomous animals.
  • Recognize the different envenomation syndromes produced by snakes, scorpions and spiders.
  • Recognize the different envenomation syndromes produced by snakes, scorpions and spiders.
  • Recognize important poisonous plants and how to manage patient who were exposed to these plants


R 3 500.00 Inclusive of Vat

Date Venue
12 - 13 March 2022 Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
07 - 08 May 2022 Cape Town, Western Cape
12 - 13 November 2022 Nelspruit, Mpumalanga