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Crit Care Nurs Clin North Am. 2005 Dec;17(4):395-404, xi.

Pediatric poisonings: recognition, assessment, and management.

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Department of Pediatrics, Division of Critical Care Medicine, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, 100 Bayard Street, 3rd Floor, New Brunswick, NJ 08903, USA.


Poisoning represents one of the most common medical emergencies encountered in young children in the United States, and accounts for a significant proportion of emergency room visits for the adolescent population. Poisoning is a significant and persistent cause of morbidity and mortality in children and adolescents. The scope of toxic substances involved in poisoning is broad, and requires health care providers to have an extensive knowledge of signs and symptoms of poisoning and specific therapeutic interventions and antidotes. Most children who ingest poisons suffer no harm; however, health care providers must recognize, assess, and manage those exposures that are most likely to cause serious injury, illness, or death and initiate appropriate management to minimize the physical injury that may occur.

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