Subash Vijaya Kumar1, B Venkateswarlu1, M Sasikala1, G Vijay Kumar2
1Department of Pharmacy Practice, Vaagdevi College of Pharmacy, KMC/MGM Hospital, Warangal, Andhra Pradesh, India.
2Department of Paediatrics, Vaagdevi College of Pharmacy, KMC/MGM Hospital, Warangal, Andhra Pradesh, India.
Acute poisoning with various substance is common everywhere. The earlier the initial resuscitations, gastric decontamination and use of specific antidotes, the better the outcome. The aim of this study was to characterize the poisoning cases admitted to the tertiary care hospital, Warangal district, Andhra Pradesh, Southern India. All cases admitted to the emergency department of the hospital between the months of January and December, 2007, were evaluated retrospectively. We reviewed data obtained from the hospital medical records and included the following factors: socio-demographic characteristics, agents and route of intake and time of admission of the poisoned patients. During the outbreak in 2007, 2,226 patients were admitted to the hospital with different poisonings; the overall case fatality rate was 8.3% (n = 186). More detailed data from 2007 reveals that two-third of the patients were 21-30 years old, 5.12% (n = 114) were male and 3.23% (n = 72) were female, who had intentionally poisoned themselves. In summary, the tertiary care hospitals of the Telangana region, Warangal, indicate that significant opportunities for reducing mortality are achieved by better medical management and further sales restrictions on the most toxic pesticides. This study highlighted the lacunae in the services of tertiary care hospitals and the need to establish a poison information center for the better management and prevention of poisoning cases.
Keywords: Drugs, organophosphorus compound, poisons, mortality and morbidity.