Table 2

Characteristics of poisoning incidents
Variable Category N (%)
Child demographics
Age 1 year 4 (44)
2 years 4 (44)
3 years 1 (11)
Sex Male 7 (78)
Female 2 (22)
Developmental aspect of the event
Child was doing something the mother didn’t know the child could do yet Yes 4 (44)
No 5 (56)
Child was doing something the mother had previously told the child not to do Yes 3 (33)
No 6 (67)
Child was doing something the mother knew the child could do, but had never seen the child try to do before Yes 2 (22)
No 7 (78)
Supervision preceding the event
Adult was in same room as child when the poisoning event occurred* Yes 1 (11)
No 8 (89)
Substance type, use and storage
Type of substance accessed Medicinal 4 (44)
Non-medicinal 5 (56)
Type of packaging Bottle with child-resistant cap 4 (44)
Blister pack 1 (11)
Other type of packaging 4 (56)
Substance used in last 24 hours Yes 3 (33)
No 5 (56)
Not applicable 1 (11)
Substance accessed in location that was <1.4 m from ground* Yes 8 (89)
No 1 (11)
Substance was in its usual place of storage when accessed Yes 2 (22)
No 7 (77)
Mother felt that the usual place of storage for the substance accessed was inaccessible to child Yes 5 (56)
No 4 (44)
Treatment
Caregiver called for advice prior to presenting to hospital Yes, PIC 6 (67)
Yes, other 2 (22)
No 1 (11)
Child had symptoms associated with poisoning Yes 3 (33)
No 6 (67)
Patient disposition Treated in ED and discharged 6 (67)
Admitted for treatment as inpatient in ED 3 (33)

Note: * Abstracted from mothers’ description of the poisoning events.

Schmertmann et al.

Schmertmann et al. BMC Pediatrics 2013 13:88   doi:10.1186/1471-2431-13-88

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