Profile of acute poisoning cases presenting to health centres and hospitals in Oman
AbstractA simple pro forma was used for a retrospective study of poisoning cases at 45 health institutions in Oman during January-December 2000. No deaths were recorded among 2009 cases of acute poisoning. A quarter of all cases [55.8% of paediatric cases] were children aged 1-4 years. The largest category [59.5%] was animal bites and stings: 25.4% undiagnosed, 19.7% scorpion stings, 7.6% bee, spider or wasp stings and 6.8% snake bites. Next highest [38.5%] was ingestion of substances: 18.2% pharmaceuticals, 8.2% food and 4.7% household products. Most drug-related cases were due to paracetamol. Suicide attempts were recorded for 6.0%. Collection of poisoning data through a central registry system is needed for the implementation and future assessment of prevention programmes
Lall, S.B., Al Wahaibi, S.S., Al Riyami, M.M. & Al Kharusi, K. (2003). Profile of acute poisoning cases presenting to health centres and hospitals in Oman. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/119348
EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 9 (5-6), 944-954, 2003
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