The arrival of the ED-based POISINDEX: Perceived impact on poison control center use

Paul M. Wax, Lance Rodewald, Ruth Lawrence

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence of emergency department-based POISINDEX (Micromedex Inc, Denver, CO) and assess its perceived impact on use of poison control centers. Survey methodology was used. A written questionnaire was distributed to all emergency departments (EDs) in the state of New York. ED directors or their designee (n = 239) were surveyed regarding the presence of POISINDEX in their ED and their perceptions of its impact on ED use of poison control centers. Completed questionnaires were returned from 180 of 239 (75%) EDs. Of the returned questionnaires, 42 of 180 (23%) have their own POISINDEX. In 32 of 42 (76%) of these EDs that have their own POISINDEX, it was perceived that ED-based POISINDEX decreased poison control center use. Use of ED-based POISINDEX may decrease ED use of poison control centers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)537-540
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Emergency Medicine
Volume12
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1994

Keywords

  • POISINDEX
  • poison control centers
  • poisoning epidemiology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine

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