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The need for a Poison Information Center in every major hospital

Publication Type : Scientific Paper

Thematic Areas : Medical Sciences

Publisher : J Karnataka Medicolegal Soc

Source : J Karnataka Medicolegal Soc , Volume 8, Issue 1, p.6 - 9 (1999)

Campus : Kochi

School : School of Medicine

Department : Forensic Medicine

Year : 1999

Abstract : The Poisons Information Centre (PIC) is a specialized unit providing information on prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of poisoning and hazard management. Most of the developed and many developing countries have well established poison control centres with poisons information service, patient management facility and analytical laboratory. In India, the National Poisons Information Centre (NPIC) was established in February, 1995 in the Department of Pharmacology at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. The centre provides toxicological information and advice on the management of poisoned patients adopted to the level of the enquirer. The basis of this service are the databases on poisoning, drug reactions and also the continuous and systematic collection of data from the library. This information service is available round the clock. The PIC has the training responsibility extending to medical and other health professionals and community. The NPIC organized two successive training courses for medical professionals and para professionals at all health levels. Further, NPIC is a participant of INTOX project of IPCS/WHO, receiving regular yearly training on the use of INTOX database. Laboratory service is an essential component of a poisons control programme, providing analytical services on emergency basis to help in diagnosis and management. The NPIC is developing facilities for quick diagnosis of poisoning cases. Toxicovigilance and prevention of poisoning is another major function of PIC. The Centre has prepared manuals and leaflets on prevention and management cards on treatment of various poisonings. Thus the Centre provides a service with considerable health benefits, reducing morbidity and mortality from poisoning and gives significant financial savings to the community.

Cite this Research Publication : Pillay V. V., “The need for a Poison Information Center in every major hospital”, J Karnataka Medicolegal Soc , vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 6 - 9, 1999.

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