Exactly 40 & # 39; 310 consultations were held last year, as Tox Info Suisse announced Tuesday for the media in Zurich. Most of them include risk assessment, ie whether you can stay at home with your child or go to hospital in an emergency. But experts also request and want detailed information.
More than 37,200 consultations concerned poisoning, 3100 were prophylactic in nature. 70 percent of all poisoning was done with medicines, household products or plants. For example, a person is poisoned with a belladonna smoothie.
The cause of four of the seven deaths were drugs, two people died from chemicals and one person from drugs. There were 2059 poisoning requests in animals. In total Tox Info Suisse has more calls every year. In 2017 it was more than 20 percent more than ten years ago.
More than 18,000 toxic contacts were in children, most of them in the pre-school age. It was a "problem of small child", said Hugo Kupferschmidt, director of Tox Info Suisse, to the media.
Especially children are likely to be poisoned with chemicals: in the consultation with Tox Info Suisse 5847 cases of household chemicals were found in children under 16 years of age.
That is why the Federal Public Health Office launched the Children's Book & # 39; Good Toxic & # 39; in 2018. In an exciting, colorful story, children are sensitive to the dangers of chemicals.
If chemical poisoning has occurred, toxin identification and accurate product composition information are crucial for Tox Info Suisse. These can be consulted by the consultants of the BAG product register (RPC). It contains about 173,000 current products and about 114,000 products that are no longer available on the market.
In addition Tox Info Suisse relies on suppliers of chemical products to correctly enter entries in the product register and to update them if necessary, for example when the composition changes. Two new video clips are intended to increase awareness. (SDA)
Posted on 28.08.2018 | Updated 8 minutes ago