Forging a poison prevention and control system [electronic resource] /
Committee on Poison Prevention and Control, Board on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Institute of Medicine.
Washington, D.C. : National Academies Press, c2004.
xiv, 354 p. : ill.
0309091942 (hardcover), 9780309091947 (hardcover)
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Washington, D.C. : National Academies Press, c2004.
0309091942 (hardcover)
9780309091947 (hardcover)
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Toward a poison prevention and control system -- Magnitude of the problem -- Historical context of poison control -- Poison control center activities, personnel, and quality assurance -- Current costs, funding, and organizational structures -- Data and surveillance -- Prevention and public education -- A public health system for poison prevention and control.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 318-328) and index.
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There were 30,800 poisoning-related deaths in the United States according to estimates for 2001, the most recent year for which data from all sources were available. The field of poison prevention provides some of the most celebrated examples of successful public health interventions, yet paradoxically, the poison control "system" today is little more than a network of poison control centers that is poorly integrated into the larger spheres of public health and injury prevention. As a result, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) was asked to assist in developing a more systematic approach to long-term support for poison prevention and control services. This IOM report is presented in three parts. The book begins with an introductory chapter, which is followed by an overview of the committee's proposal for a future poison prevention and control system (a system does not presently exist). The second part reviews the historical development of the poison control network, the current status of poisoning as a public health problem, and the principal functional elements of the system. The final part presents the committee's conclusions and recommendations, summarizing the arguments for a new system to tackle this important public health problem. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above. J. M. Howe Veterans Administration
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Poisoning is a far more serious health problem in the U.S. than has generally been recognized. It is estimated that more than 4 million poisoning episodes occur annually, with approximately 300,000 cases leading to hospitalization. The field of poison prevention provides some of the most celebrated examples of successful public health interventions, yet surprisingly the current poison control "system" is little more than a loose network of poison control centers, poorly integrated into the larger spheres of public health. To increase their effectiveness, efforts to reduce poisoning need to be linked to a national agenda for public health promotion and injury prevention. Forging a Poison Prevention and Control System recommends a future poison control system with a strong public health infrastructure, a national system of regional poison control centers, federal funding to support core poison control activities, and a national poison information system to track major poisoning epidemics and possible acts of bioterrorism. This framework provides a complete "system" that could offer the best poison prevention and patient care services to meet the needs of the nation in the 21st century.
Table of Contents
Executive Summaryp. 1
Introductionp. 23
Toward a Poison Prevention and Control Systemp. 34
Current Status and Opportunities
Magnitude of the Problemp. 43
Historical Context of Poison Controlp. 80
Poison Control Center Activities, Personnel, and Quality Assurancep. 106
Current Costs, Funding, and Organizational Structuresp. 136
Data and Surveillancep. 176
Prevention and Public Educationp. 201
A Public Health System for Poison Prevention and Controlp. 269
Conclusions and Recommendations
Conclusions and Recommendationsp. 305
Referencesp. 318
Contributorsp. 329
Committee and Staff Biographiesp. 332
Indexp. 339
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