Study of Temporary Trends in The Pattern of Poisonings in a Tertiary Care Hospital


  • V.K.Sowmithra1 , Magendran.J2



Insecticides,poisoning, household poisons,poison information center.


Introduction:Acute Poisoning forms one of the commonest causes of emergency hospital admissions.

Poisoning both accidental and intentional are a significant contributor to mortality and morbidity throughout

the world.A complete review of the risk factors decreases incidence and significant morbidity and mortality

rates.The present study aims to characterize contemporary trends in the pattern of poisonings in a tertiary

care hospital in Chennai,Tamil Nadu.

Materials and Method: The study was conducted in tertiary care hospital [Saveetha Medical College

and Hospital] for a period of one year[from January 2018 to December 2018].The data was obtained

retrospectively from medical case sheets and various parameters such as sex ratio,occupation,poison

type,etc., were analyzed and compared with other studies .

Results: The study population consists of 294 cases, among which 232 were suicidal and 62 were accidental.

Female predominancy was reported in the present study, with the prevalence of poisonings more common

among the age group 21-30y years.Household poisons like insecticides and rodenticides were the most

commonly administered.Most of the patients admitted were skilled workers and homemakers .

Conclusion: Poisoning was more common in young adults,particularly females.Insecticides and rodenticides

were major causes of poisoning,with the higher incidence among skilled workers.Highly equipped treatment

facilities and establishment of poisoning centers have become the need of the hour.

Author Biography

V.K.Sowmithra1 , Magendran.J2

II MBBS, Saveetha Medical College, Thandalam, Chennai, India, 2Associate Professor, Department of Forensic

Medicine, Saveetha Medical College, Thandalam, Chennai, India



How to Cite

V.K.Sowmithra1 , Magendran.J2. (2020). Study of Temporary Trends in The Pattern of Poisonings in a Tertiary Care Hospital. Medico Legal Update, 20(3), 221-227.