Intentional and unintentional poisoning in Pakistan

A pilot study using the Emergency Departments surveillance project

Nadeem Ullah Khan, Ricardo Pérez-Núñez, Nudrat Shamim, Uzma Rahim Khan, Naureen Naseer, Asher Feroze, Junaid Razzak, Adnan A. Hyder

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Abstract

Background: Acute poisoning is one of the most common reasons for emergency department visits around the world. In Pakistan, the epidemiological data on poisoning is limited due to an under developed poison information surveillance system. We aim to describe the characteristics associated with intentional and unintentional poisoning in Pakistan presenting to emergency departments. Methods: The data was extracted from the Pakistan National Emergency Department Surveillance (Pak-NEDS) which was an active surveillance conducted between November 2010 and March 2011. All patients, regardless of age, who presented with poisoning to any of Pakistan's seven major tertiary care centers' emergency departments, were included. Information about patient demographics, type of poisoning agent, reason for poisoning and outcomes were collected using a standard questionnaire. Results: Acute poisoning contributed to 1.2% (n = 233) of patients with intentional and unintentional injuries presenting to EDs of participating centers. Of these, 68% were male, 54% were aged 19 to 44 and 19% were children and adolescents (

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberS2
JournalBMC Emergency Medicine
Volume15
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 11 2015

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Keywords

  • Emergency department
  • Injury
  • Pakistan
  • Poisoning

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  • Emergency Medicine

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Khan, N. U., Pérez-Núñez, R., Shamim, N., Khan, U. R., Naseer, N., Feroze, A., ... Hyder, A. A. (2015). Intentional and unintentional poisoning in Pakistan: A pilot study using the Emergency Departments surveillance project. BMC Emergency Medicine, 15(2), [S2]. https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-227X-15-S2-S2

Intentional and unintentional poisoning in Pakistan : A pilot study using the Emergency Departments surveillance project. / Khan, Nadeem Ullah; Pérez-Núñez, Ricardo; Shamim, Nudrat; Khan, Uzma Rahim; Naseer, Naureen; Feroze, Asher; Razzak, Junaid; Hyder, Adnan A.

In: BMC Emergency Medicine, Vol. 15, No. 2, S2, 11.12.2015.

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Khan, Nadeem Ullah ; Pérez-Núñez, Ricardo ; Shamim, Nudrat ; Khan, Uzma Rahim ; Naseer, Naureen ; Feroze, Asher ; Razzak, Junaid ; Hyder, Adnan A. / Intentional and unintentional poisoning in Pakistan : A pilot study using the Emergency Departments surveillance project. In: BMC Emergency Medicine. 2015 ; Vol. 15, No. 2.
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