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For 24 hour advice, contact Victorian Poisons Information Centre 131126
Iron supplements are available in several different formulations. In iron poisoning, the important consideration is the amount of elemental iron ingested, not the amount of iron salt.
Table: Iron Medications
Elemental iron per tablet
Ferrous fumarate 33%, ferrous chloride 28%, ferrous sulphate 20%, ferrous gluconate 12%
Iron is also found in some plant fertilisers, e.g. sulphate of iron, and in some snail baits, e.g. iron phosphate.
History and Examination
Multiple organ failure:
All symptomatic children should have the following investigations:
Antidote - Desferrioxamine
Consult Contact Victorian Poisons Information Centre 131126 for advice
For emergency advice and paediatric or neonatal ICU transfers, call the Paediatric Infant Perinatal Emergency Retrieval (PIPER) Service: 1300 137 650.
prevention for children Parent
Victorian Poisons Information Centre: 13 11 26 www.austin.org.au/poisons
Intentional self –harm: Referral to local mental health services e.g. Orygen Youth Health: 1800 888 320
Recreational poisoning: Referral to YoDAA, Victoria's Youth Drug and Alcohol Advice service: 1800 458 685
Last updated December 2017