Gastrointestinal decontamination is needed to manage a poisoned patient and involves removing the ingested toxins from the gut. This is done by
- Forced vomiting
- Stomach washing or lavage
- Binding the toxins with binding agents like charcoal
- Whole gut irrigation or purgation by giving specific solutions
The training of all doctors and nurses is required to provide emergency treatment to acutely poisoned patients.