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Year : 1995  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 27-30

Hospitalisation due to acute poisoning in children - Tabuk experience

1 Child Health Department, King Scud University Abha, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Paediatrics, North West Armed Forces Hospital, Tabuk, Saudi Arabia

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Ibrahim S Al Hifzi
P 0. Box 64 1, Abha
Saudi Arabia
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PMID: 23012222

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Background & Method : Acute poisoning in children is still a major problem in our community, taking up a lot of resources from the health care system. We report here the result of' a three year study (1991-1994) carried out in the Northwest Armed Forces Hospital, Tabuk, Saudi Arabia regarding hospitalisation of children as a result of poisoning. Results : Sixty eight children below twelve years of age were admitted, accounting for a total of approximately 175 inpatient days . The majority of them (n=60, 88.2%) were below the age of five years. house hold products (16.2%), kerosene (10.3%) and antihistamines (19.1%) were the commonest ingested substances. An analysis of various aspects of this problem and the review of relevant literature is included. Conclusions : Health education about safe storage of medicine at home and a knowledge of first aid is very necessary. This may prevent the occurence of such accidents and reduce morbidity.

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