Epidemiology of children poisoning: comparison between telephone inquiries and emergency room visits.

A. G. Marchi, G. Messi, S. Renier

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Abstract

We studied 674 telephone inquiries to the Poison Information Centre and 532 Emergency Room (ER) visits due to suspected poisonings in 1018 children below the age of 16 y and living at Trieste. The cases were prospectively recorded during 1985-1989. Age distribution, toxic substances and consequences were different in the 2 groups. Telephone inquiries concerned children below the age of 5 y more frequently, and most of the exposures were assessed as non-toxic. Among children admitted to the hospital ER, 22.2% were more than 10-y old, and of these 79.7% were confirmed poisonings. This study demonstrated the need to take account of both Poison Control Centre and ER data to get reliable information on the occurrence of poisonings in children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)402-404
Number of pages3
JournalVeterinary and Human Toxicology
Volume34
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
  • Toxicology
  • veterinary(all)

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