Review of Acute Poisoning in a General Medical Unit (1960—71)
In most developed countries of the world the number of poisoned patients admitted to hospital with acute poisoning increases year by year and there is no evidence that the trend is altering. In the United Kingdom, acute poisoning provides a major service commitment and accounts for approximately 10 % of all acute medical admissions to hospital. In the last decade two government reports (Central Services Council, 1962; Central and Scottish Health Services Council, 1968) have recommended that District and Regional Poisoning Treatment Centres should be established widely throughout the country but the great majority of patients with aoute overdosage still must be managed in general medical units under the supervision of general physicians without any special arrangements for the treatment of poisoning. This report describes the results obtained in patients with acute poisoning admitted in the twelve years between 1960–71 to one such general medical unit in West Fife, Scotland.
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