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Can I touch someone who's had cyanide poisoning?

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Avoid touching a person whose skin has been exposed to cyanide; only emergency personnel with special protective clothing should have direct contact with the victim, as secondary contamination is possible.

From: Cyanide Poisoning Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response: "Facts About Cyanide."

Edward P. Krenzelok, PharmD, FAACT, DABAT, director Pittsburgh Poison Center & Drug Information Center, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Gordon J. Vanscoy, PharmD, MBA., CACP, associate professor, Pharmacy and Therapeutics, University of Pittsburgh.

Health and Safety Executive: "Cyanide poisoning -- New recommendations on first aid treatment."

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry: "Hydrogen Cyanide Fact Sheet."

University of Melbourne: "Faculty of Science: School of Chemistry -- Safety."

Centers for Disease Control, Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 29, 2017

SOURCES:

CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response: "Facts About Cyanide."

Edward P. Krenzelok, PharmD, FAACT, DABAT, director Pittsburgh Poison Center & Drug Information Center, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Gordon J. Vanscoy, PharmD, MBA., CACP, associate professor, Pharmacy and Therapeutics, University of Pittsburgh.

Health and Safety Executive: "Cyanide poisoning -- New recommendations on first aid treatment."

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry: "Hydrogen Cyanide Fact Sheet."

University of Melbourne: "Faculty of Science: School of Chemistry -- Safety."

Centers for Disease Control, Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 29, 2017

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