Clinical Spectrum of Poisoning in a Tertiary Care Hospital in Assam: A Retrospective Analysis

AUTHOR(s) : Phukan Dhekial Jayanta, Thakuria Bhaskar, Baruah Kumar Swaroop, Talukdar Suman, Das Subhasish
DOI No. : 01.2017-74597517

Purpose: To collect hospital based data on the ever-increasing menace of household substance poisoning; so as to gauge the magnitude of the problem for formulating therapeutic and preventative strategies of the same. Method: Retrospective single center observational study for a period of one year. Results: Overall incidence was 3.2%; highest between 20 to 40 years. More incidences in the female sex were found in the rural population. Phenol and agricultural chemicals were mostly used. Familial disharmony and failure in examinations were the most common precipitating factors. Mortality rate was 1.2%. Conclusion: Knowledge for proper handling and first aid measures following exposure should be dissipated amongst the masses.

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