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Clin Toxicol (Phila). 2008 Feb;46(2):101-4. doi: 10.1080/15563650701342189.

Combining primary and secondary poison prevention in one initiative.

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  • 1University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh Poison Center, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA. krenzelokep@upmc.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Contrary to the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report on Forging a Poison Prevention and Control System, a certified regional poison information center combined both primary and secondary education with another public health initiative to determine if there was an impact on poison center awareness.

METHODS:

Poison Help stickers that contained the national toll-free poison center number were inserted into a quarterly publication from a children's hospital and mailed to 136,741 residents of a poison center service region. Benchmark data from a six-month period were used to compare call volume both before and after the initiative.

RESULTS:

Call volume increased by a mean of 8.8% from the counties where at least 5% of residents received the mailing.

CONCLUSIONS:

A single passive mass-mailing education program that combined primary and secondary poison prevention education may have had a small, but positive impact on poison center call volume when a threshold of 5% of the residents received the information.

PMID:
18259956
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