Poisoning is a common emergency worldwide especially when occurring in pediatric age group. Routine surveillance and proper counselling of family members is required to avoid and prevent such situations. The study was designed to assess the spectrum of poisoning in rural areas of M.P.
Methods and Materials:This was a retrospective observational study. Paediatric patients under 13 years of age admitted with acute poisoning in PICU in last 1 year were studied for presenting complaints, clinical profile and outcome. Preventive measures were also discussed.
Results:85 children were admitted in PICU with acute poisoning, incidence was more in male children, mainly at home or surroundings. It was apparently accidental and more common in children less than 5 years of age. Maximum cases of acute poisoning were of scorpion sting bite (as maximum patients were from rural areas of M.P.) followed by kerosene poisoning followed by rat poison. Death was reported in patients whereas maximum patients were discharged within 5 days without any serious complications.
Conclusion:Even though mortality reported due to acute poisoning is only, measures should be taken to avoid the hazard and parents should be counselled regarding taking safety measures at home.