Descriptive Analysis of Recorded Phone Calls to Iran Drug and Poison Information Centers during 2011-2012

Ghane, Talat and Saberi, Soheila and Davoodabadi, Masoomeh (2013) Descriptive Analysis of Recorded Phone Calls to Iran Drug and Poison Information Centers during 2011-2012. Asia Pacific Journal of Medical Toxicology, 2 (2). pp. 48-51.

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 Background: Poisoning is one of the main causes of visits to emergency departments and hospitals in Iran. Drug and Poison Information Centers (DPIC) are reliable sources to guide poisoned patients and provide information about pharmaceutical agents. This study was designed to analyze recorded phone calls to Iran DPICs during 2011-2012. Methods: This was a retrospective study on phone calls to DPIC in Tehran between January 2011 and November 2012. Data including demographic features, type of poison (in case of poisoning) and intention of poisoning were collected by reviewing the reported phone calls to central division of Iran DPICs in Tehran. Results: It was found that 98.5 of the phone calls were inquiries about pharmaceutical products and only 1.5 of them were associated with poisoning. 49 of poisonings reported from the DPICs in 2011was intentional, while this rate increased to 67 in 2012. Regarding toxic agents responsible for poisonings, pharmaceuticals were the most common consisting of 68.6 and 70.9 of cases in 2011 and 2012, respectively. Conclusion: Pharmaceutical products are the main causes of poisonings in Iran. Public education on safety and storage issues and also strict terms of sale should be implemented. In addition, the majority of poisonings occurred intentionally while the rate showed an increasing trend. Predisposing factors of this high rate should be studied. Â

Item Type: Article
Subjects: QV pharmacology
Divisions: Journals > Asia Pacific J Toxicology
Depositing User: apjmt apjmt
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2017 14:31
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2017 14:31

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