Year: 1993 Source: Irish Medical Journal, v.86, no.2, (March 1993), p.64-65 SIEC No: 19931091

The charts of all cases of self-poisoning admitted to an intensive care unit over one year are reviewed. Two distinct groups are seen, according to the substances ingested. The group who took prescription medications tended to be younger, & had a better outcome. Those poisoned with household or industrial products were older, had a longer stay in intensive care, needed more intensive therapy & organ support, & had a higher mortality. (3 refs.)