Hydrogen cyanide

CAS RN: 74-90-8

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Speed is critical. If the victim is symptomatic, immediately institute emergency life support measures including the use of a cyanide specific antidote (IOs can be placed utilizing a drill to enable acute administration of IV antidotes) as well as 100% oxygen. Treatment should be given simultaneously with decontamination procedures. Quickly ensure that the victim has a patent airway. Maintain adequate circulation. Stabilize the cervical spine with a decontaminable collar and a backboard if trauma is suspected. Assist ventilation with a bag-valve-mask device equipped with a canister or air filter, if necessary. Direct pressure should be applied to control heavy bleeding, if present.

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