Journal of Medical Toxicology

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 224–247 | Cite as

The Toxicology Investigators Consortium Case Registry—the 2015 Experience

  • Lynn A. Farrugia
  • Sean H. Rhyee
  • Sharan L. Campleman
  • Anne-Michelle Ruha
  • Timothy Weigand
  • Paul M. Wax
  • Jeffrey Brent
  • On behalf of the Toxicology Investigators Consortium
Special Article

Abstract

The American College of Medical Toxicology established the Toxicology Investigators Consortium (ToxIC) Case Registry in 2010. The Registry contains all medical toxicology consultations performed at participating sites. The Registry has continued to grow since its inception, and as of December 31, 2015, contains 43,099 cases. This is the sixth annual report of the ToxIC Registry, summarizing the additional 8115 cases entered in 2015. Cases were identified by a query of the Registry for all cases entered between January 1 and December 31, 2015. Specific data reviewed for analysis included demographics (age, race, gender), source of consultation, reason for consultation, agents and agent classes involved in exposures, signs, symptoms, clinical findings, fatalities, and treatment. By the end of 2015, there were 50 active sites, consisting of 101 separate health-care facilities; 51.2 % of cases involved females. Adults between the ages of 19 and 65 made up the majority (64.2 %) of Registry cases. Caucasian race was the most commonly reported (55.6 %); 9.6 % of cases were identified as Hispanic ethnicity. Inpatient and emergency department referrals were by far the most common referral sources (92.9 %). Intentional pharmaceutical exposures remained the most frequent reason for consultation, making up 52.3 % of cases. Of these intentional pharmaceutical exposures, 69 % represented an attempt at self-harm, and 85.6 % of these were a suicide attempt. Nonopioid analgesics, sedative-hypnotics, and antidepressant agents were the most commonly reported agent classes in 2015. Almost one-third of Registry cases involved a diagnosed toxidrome (32.8 %), with a sedative-hypnotic toxidrome being the most frequently described. Significant vital sign abnormalities were recorded in 25.3 % of cases. There were 98 fatalities reported in the Registry (1.2 %). Adverse drug reactions were reported in 4.3 % of cases. Toxicological treatment was given in 65.3 % of cases, with 33.0 % receiving specific antidotal therapy. Exposure characteristics and trends overall were similar to prior years. While treatment interventions were required in the majority of cases, fatalities were rare.

Keywords

Poisonings Overdose Surveillance Epidemiology Medical toxicology 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lynn A. Farrugia
    • 1
  • Sean H. Rhyee
    • 2
  • Sharan L. Campleman
    • 3
  • Anne-Michelle Ruha
    • 4
  • Timothy Weigand
    • 5
  • Paul M. Wax
    • 6
  • Jeffrey Brent
    • 7
  • On behalf of the Toxicology Investigators Consortium
  1. 1.Hartford HospitalHartfordUSA
  2. 2.Saint Francis Hospital and Medical CenterHartfordUSA
  3. 3.American College of Medical ToxicologyPhoenixUSA
  4. 4.Banner-University Medical Center PhoenixPhoenixUSA
  5. 5.University of Rochester School of Medicine and DentistryRochesterUSA
  6. 6.UT Southwestern Medical SchoolDallasUSA
  7. 7.University of Colorado School of MedicineAuroraUSA

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