Keywords: chemical transfer, unlabeled bottle, poison center (PubMed Search)
Transfer of chemical from their original container to an unlabeled or different container (e.g. Gatorade bottle) is one of the common causes of unintentional poisoning.
A retrospective study of National Poison Data System from 2007 – 2017 identified 45,512 cases of unintentional exposure/ingestion of chemicals contained in unlabeled/incorrectly labeled containers.
Annual reported cases increased from 3,223 in 2007 to 5,417 in 2017.
Most commonly involved products included
These exposures led to
The majority of these exposures were non-toxic in nature (72%) but serious outcomes were noted in 4.4% of the cases, including 23 deaths.
Highest morbidity was associated with:
Carpenter JE et al. Poisonings due to storage in a secondary container reported to the National Poison Data System, 2007-2017. Clin Toxicol (Phila) 2020.