The number +91 44
42876977 dedicated for the poison
, is backed by a team of doctors and specialists ready to treat children in case of emergency
Trained nurses and pharmacists will answer the phone calls and suggest the best
line of treatment. GPs and child specialist doctors will have confidential
access to a medical expert who can answer questions about poisons or help users
to treat a poison exposure.
Dr. T.N. Manohar,
President, Indian Academy of Pediatrics, CCB, who inaugurated the Pediatric
Poison Information in Chennai today, said it was appropriate that the
information center was launched on Doctors'
because there is a felt need for a kiosk that will disseminate
information on the subject of toxicology and methodology of treatment in the
Indian context where information is scant and there are no Indian statistics on
cases of child poisoning
. 1 million
cases of poisoning are reported in the US each year, of which 50% are pediatric
poisoning, 75% of which are non-toxic and 25% are toxic.
While the poison
factors have dramatically increased in recent years in India too, things get
complicated in cases where the child accidentally swallows something poisonous
and a caretaker or family member won't reveal the toxin, fearing they will be
pulled up for negligence. It is a struggle for GPs and child specialists to
treat emergency cases of child poisons when they are clueless as to the nature
and toxicity of the substance consumed that could even prove fatal to the child if not diagnosed and treated speedily
Speaking on the
occasion, Dr. Thangavelu of Mehta Hospitals mentioned Louis Gdalman, pioneer in
hospital pharmacy poison information, who established the first poison
information service in the US at St. Luke's Hospital in the 1930s. The first
national poison information center in India was launched in 1995 at AIIMS. Dr.
Thangavelu said the aim of the Pediatric Posion Information Center at Mehta
Hospitals was to provide immediate information on early diagnosis and emergency
treatment for doctors who call at these lines.
Public who call this
number would be directed to seek immediate medical assistance and request their
health attendant to reach this emergency number if they needed further help.
The information desk would help medical personnel reduce the morbidity and
mortality related to poisoning. The info desk has a voice recorder to record
and document the contact details and the help desk will redirect the calls to
two nodal desks to ensure that no calls are left unattended.
Dr. M. Kannagi.
Director ICH &HC (Institute of Child Health and Hospital for Children)
released a booklet on Interesting and
Rare Cases in Pediatrics
which was received by Dr. R. Shanmugasundaram,
Head, Neonatal, Mehta Group of Hospitals. Dr. M. Kannan, Medial Administrator
Mehta Group of Hospitals welcomed the gathering. Mr. Sameer Mehta, Director
Mehta Group of Hospitals thanked the doctors for the initiative and hoped the
services would benefit many people seeking direction in poison treatment.
Over the years Mehta
Hospitals have treated children who swallowed household and personal products,
prescription and over the counter medicine, pesticides and chemicals, plants
and mushrooms, herbal and dietary supplements/drugs, children suffering from
bites and stings from insects such as spiders and reptiles and young kids who
needed emergency treatment for food poisoning.
Equipped with experience of treating a variety of poisoning cases
and backed by a years of
research by a dedicated team of doctors and researchers, the 24 hour emergency
hotline for poisoning incidents and poison information for public and
healthcare professionals should hopefully reach a wide section of the Indian
population to help families in distress and keep children safe.