Changing Trends Inpoisoningat a Tertiary Healthcare Centrein North Karnataka, India

Authors

  • Pratibha R. Kulkarni1 , Ranganath R. Kulkarni2 , R.B. Kotabagi3

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/mlu.v21i1.2404

Keywords:

Drug overdose; Organophosphates; Pesticides; Poisoning; Prescription drug misuse; Suicide.

Abstract

Background: Acute poisoning is a medical emergency as well as a major public health problem as it leads
to significant burden on healthcare services. It is pertinent to know the nature and outcome of poisoning for
effective prevention and management strategies.
Method: A comparative retrospective analysis of 622 poisoning cases admitted to a tertiary care hospital
during the period from 2011-12 and 2018-19 were compared to assess the age, sex, mode of poisoning and
the nature of the poisonous substance.
Conclusion: The study reveals a sharp increase in the acute poisoning cases and changing trends of
commonly used poisons with passage of time. Although, males outnumbered females, a steep rise in female
poisoning cases, with majority (60%) being young adults especially in the age group of 21-30 years is
alarming. Suicide was the most common manner of poisoning, while organophosphates and medicinal drugs
were the most commonly used substances.

Author Biography

Pratibha R. Kulkarni1 , Ranganath R. Kulkarni2 , R.B. Kotabagi3

1Assistant Professor, Department of Forensic Medicine, 2Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry,
3
Professor and Head, Department of Forensic Medicine, Shri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara University,
Dharwad-580009, India

Published

2021-01-09

How to Cite

Pratibha R. Kulkarni1 , Ranganath R. Kulkarni2 , R.B. Kotabagi3. (2021). Changing Trends Inpoisoningat a Tertiary Healthcare Centrein North Karnataka, India. Medico Legal Update, 21(1), 755-759. https://doi.org/10.37506/mlu.v21i1.2404

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