At a Glance
Why Get Tested?
In order to assess risk of liver damage after over-dosage and to decide on the need for protective, antidotal therapy
When to Get Tested?
Four hours after a single overdose, or as soon as possible after that, and immediately if more than one overdose has been taken within the last 1 or 2 days. It is best to treat an overdose within 8 hours whenever possible.
A blood sample drawn from a vein usually in an arm
The Test Sample
What is being tested?
The plasma paracetamol concentration is being measured
How is the sample collected for testing?
Normally from a vein in the arm by use of a needle and syringe
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