DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY MEDICAL CARE
VEMT 300 assignment 2020
Aim: The aim of this assignment is to introduce you to the type of questions you can expect in your tests and exams and literature available.
Assignment: Provide a well referenced answer to the following questions.
Each answer must include an Introduction, literature review and discussion followed by a conclusion and reference list. Each question answer may not exceed 1000 words.
QUESTION 1 – ANTIDOTES & ANTIVENOMS 
Your organization/ the National Department of Health has requested your assistance in standardising the availability of key antidotes/ antivenoms for different poisons/ envenomation. They have asked you to give feedback to their Toxicology Strategic Planning Committee.
Your organization will provide the necessary authority and training for personnel should any of the antidotes be regarded as "outside" of your current scope of practice (ie. you need to consider each, regardless of current scope)
Your recommendations need to be substantiated by the latest and best level of evidence. If you cannot find specific evidence that applies directly to your clinical setting then utilize evidence that relates broadly to emergency medical care.
QUESTION 2 – TOXICOLOGY 
Just as you start your shift, you are called to a tricyclic antidepressant (TCA) overdose.
Discuss the epidemiology, prevalence, progression of clinical presentation, and management of a TCA overdose using the latest evidence based best practices that applies directly to a South African context, failing which international standards will also be accepted.