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J Family Community Med. 1995 Jul;2(2):27-30.

Hospitalisation due to Acute Poisoning in Children - Tabuk Experience.

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  • 1Child Health Department, King Saud University Abha, Saudi Arabia.

Abstract

BACKGROUND #ENTITYSTARTX00026;

METHOD:

Acute poisoning in children is still a major problem in our community, taking up a lot of resources from the health care system. We report here the result of' a three year study (1991-1994) carried out in the Northwest Armed Forces Hospital, Tabuk, Saudi Arabia regarding hospitalisation of children as a result of poisoning.

RESULTS:

Sixty eight children below twelve years of age were admitted, accounting for a total of approximately 175 inpatient days. The majority of them (n=60, 88.2%) were below the age of five years. house hold products (16.2%), kerosene (10.3%) and antihistamines (19.1%) were the commonest ingested substances. An analysis of various aspects of this problem and the review of relevant literature is included.

CONCLUSIONS:

Health education about safe storage of medicine at home and a knowledge of first aid is very necessary. This may prevent the occurence of such accidents and reduce morbidity.

KEYWORDS:

Poisoning; overdose; paediatric admissions

PMID:
23012222
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PMC3437124
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