Poisoning trends in intensive care unit at secondary care hospital – a pilot study
Poison is known as a toxic and hazardous substance that is capable of causing illness to the living organisms. It can lead to some fatal outcomes. Self-harming has become a global issue, which is a burden on society. Every year millions of people die due to the consumption of toxic compound and leaving their loved ones behind in grief. The prospective pilot study was performed on a small scale for a period of three months. Each type of poison case admitted to Intensive care unit for the three months from July 2018 to September 2018 were taken into consideration. The informed consent has been obtained from all the patients, whereas demographics details of the patient were obtained using a predesigned data collection form. During the study period, 37 cases of poisoning were reviewed. The incidence is found to be more in males 28 (75.6%) when compared to females 9 (24.3%). Our study results showed that pesticides are the major reason for poisoning with an intention of self- harming. Majority of the poisoning cases were seen in the age group of 21-30 where physical and mental stress is the major reason.
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