Dermal and gastric decontamination with what solution is recommended for phenol exposures?
Animal models have shown decreased mortality, systemic effects, and dermal burns after using low molecular weight polyethylene glycol (PEG) compared to water.
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Submitted by: Natasha Tobarran, DO on behalf of The Medical Toxicology Fellowship, Virginia Commonwealth University