Keywords: poisoning, overdose, pediatric, ICU (PubMed Search)
Posted: 7/8/2014 by Bryan Hayes, PharmD
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In a single academic medical center, 273 poisonings required Pediatric ICU (PICU) admission over a 5-year period. This represented 8% of total PICU admissions during that time. Key findings include:
The majority of poisonings were non-fatal and required supportive care, close monitoring, and some specific treatment. Drug classes causing poisonings have changed to a higher percentage of opioids in younger patients and atypical antidepressants in adolescents.
Even KM, et al. Poisonings requiring admission to the pediatric intensive care unit: A 5-year review. Clin Toxicol 2014;52(5):519-24. [PMID 24738737]
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