July 27, 2020:Why Should I Read the Question of the Week?

Because it is informative and, most importantly, short.

Periodically, you will receive a Question of the Week  in which a topic (such as overdose management, environmental exposure, snake or spider bites, drug interactions, etc.) has been addressed by members of the Tennessee Poison Center Staff or Fellows rotating on the Toxicology Service.  Sometimes a subspecialty expert contributes.  Most of the time these Questions are two to three paragraphs.

Please visit our website www.tnpoisoncenter.org.  All of the Questions of the Week are housed under the health care professional tab.  We have been writing them since 2004, so take a look and see if there are topics that you would like to browse. 

At any time, you can propose a question that you would like to have addressed. Some of our best questions have been proposed by readers (of which there are more than 3,000!).

You will be receiving a “Question” shortly, so be on the lookout.  It will contain the new guidelines for systemic loxoscelism.  We now know that extravascular hemolysis as well as intravascular hemolysis can occur.  The previous guideline was based on the assumption that hemolysis was only intravascular.  Lots more to come.

This email is a test of the distribution lists for the Question of the Week. We have obtained the new July distribution lists (hopefully), which has taken some time and effort and may still have a few bugs.  If you receive two of these emails, or do not want to receive the Question of the Week, please let Brittaney (Brittaney.r.jenkins@vumc.org) know and she will take care of it


I am interested in any questions you would like answered in the Question of the Week.  Please email me with any suggestion at donna.seger@vumc.org.


Donna Seger, MD

Executive Director

Tennessee Poison Center


Poison Help Hotline: 1-800-222-1222