Pharmacists' poison prevention advice to the elderly

John Norman Walburn, Blaine E. Benson, Maria Burga

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Abstract

Up to 36% of childhood ingestions take place in grandparents' homes. We surveyed the 1544 registered pharmacists in the state of Nebraska by a mailed anonymous questionnaire concerning their poison prevention practices with the elderly. Of the 26% respondents, 75% always or usually gave older adults a choice of child-resistant containers but estimated that 65 % chose non-child-resistant containers. Fifty-two percent reported that they asked older adults about children who could possibly ingest medications, and 59% reported that they had poison prevention material available. However, over 50% of pharmacists reported mat they neither actively counseled nor handed out poison prevention material to the elderly, and only 9% reported that they specifically advise older adults about poison prevention. If all pharmacists targeted poison control education to the elderly, childhood poisoning by drugs could be reduced by one-third.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)265-271
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Toxicology
Volume29
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991

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Keywords

  • Clinical pharmacy information systems
  • Consumer product safety
  • Poisoning

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Pharmacists' poison prevention advice to the elderly. / Walburn, John Norman; Benson, Blaine E.; Burga, Maria.

In: Clinical Toxicology, Vol. 29, No. 2, 01.01.1991, p. 265-271.

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Walburn, John Norman ; Benson, Blaine E. ; Burga, Maria. / Pharmacists' poison prevention advice to the elderly. In: Clinical Toxicology. 1991 ; Vol. 29, No. 2. pp. 265-271.
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