Incidence of geriatric poisoning at Kasturba Hospital Manipal, South India

Bakkannavar, Shankar M and Kumar, Pradeep G and Palimar, Vikram and Manjunath, S (2014) Incidence of geriatric poisoning at Kasturba Hospital Manipal, South India. International Journal of Biology, Pharmacy and Allied Sciences, 3 (5). pp. 734-739. ISSN 2277–4998

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Geriatric poisoning is a common medical emergency associated with a high morbidity and mortality. In developing countries like India, the poisoning emergencies are becoming a major cause of mortality in elderly. Studies done worldwide on poisoning cases are more or less concentrated on the adult population and hence there is an inadequate data on the elderly. This study is taken up to understand the number of elderly poisoning cases (based on gender). A ten year retrospective study from January 1999 to December 2008 was conducted at the Department of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, to understand the magnitude ofgeriatric poisoning cases amongmales and females at Kasturba Hospital, Manipal. Males were predominantly affected (male: female::3.76: 1). Our study looks at the difference in place and outcome of poisoning among males and females to identify population at risk and give suggestions so as to reduce the morbidity and mortality in elders.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Geriatric; Poisoning; Gender.
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Manipal > Forensic Medicine
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2014 09:31
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2014 09:31

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