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Epidemiologia e Serviços de Saúde

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DOMINGOS, Samara Messias; BORGHESAN, Nataly Barbosa Alves; MERINO, Maria de Fátima Garcia Lopes  and  HIGARASHI, Ieda Harumi. Poison-related hospitalizations of children aged 0-14 at a teaching hospital in Southern Brazil, 2006-2011. Epidemiol. Serv. Saúde [online]. 2016, vol.25, n.2, pp.343-350. ISSN 1679-4974.


to describe the profile of poisoning leading to children's hospitalizations, as registered at the Maringá Regional University Hospital Poisoning Control Center in the period 2006 to 2011.


this was a descriptive epidemiological study using secondary data from Intoxication Incident Report Forms, involving poisoned children aged between 0 and 14 years, hospitalized for at least 12 hours.


694 hospitalizations due to poisoning were registered, with medication poisoning accounting for 42.4% of cases; the 1-4 age group was the most affected (66.7%); males accounted for a higher number of hospital admissions in all age groups; most poisoning cases occurred in the morning (55.6%).


medication was the main cause of poisoning; younger children and males were predominant among hospitalized victims.

Keywords : Poisoning; Child; Toxic Substances; Accidents, Home; Epidemiology, Descriptive.

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