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The objective of this study was to evaluate trends and characteristics in adolescent poison center (PC) exposure calls before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. A retrospective review of PC calls for adolescents aged 13-17 years from January 1, 2018 through June 30, 2021. During the pandemic, US PCs had a higher proportion of adolescent exposure calls managed in a healthcare facility (71.9% vs. 67.4%) and hospital admissions (27.2% vs. 25.7%) than prior to the pandemic. There was a higher proportion with suicide intent (55.8% vs. 48.8%), moderate/major clinical effects (22.8% vs. 20.1%), and deaths (0.07% vs. 0.05%). Monthly calls significantly increased from 30 calls/month to 204 calls/month (p < .001). The slope of hospital admissions significantly increased (0.19% per month, p < .001) during the pandemic. During the COVID-19 pandemic, US PCs observed an increase in adolescent suicidal intent exposure calls with more severe outcomes, hospitalizations, and deaths. Copyright © 2022 Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


George Sam Wang, Jan Leonard, Anastasia Cornell, Christopher Hoyte. Adolescent US Poison Center Exposure Calls During the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine. 2022 Dec;71(6):764-767

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PMID: 36088226

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