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Pesticide exposure at schools and acute illnesses - reply.

Authors
Calvert-GM; Alarcon-W; Blondell-JM
Source
JAMA J Am Med Assoc 2005 Nov; 294(19):2431
NIOSHTIC No.
20028934
Abstract
Drs Kirrane and Hoffman raise concerns about the validity of TESS data. TESS was used to identify most of the acute pesticide poisoning cases associated with school exposures that we reported. TESS data consist of telephone reports made to US poison control centers (PCCs). A vast majority of these calls are made by the patient or a family member. In our study, among the 2187 cases identified by TESS, only 7.5% involved reports made by health care professionals. All PCC reports are initially handled by specialists in poison information (SPI) or poison information providers (PIP), who comprise 92% and 8%, respectively, of PCC staff who perform this function.1 The SPIs are nurses, pharmacists, or physicians. The PIPs have less training and are often drawn from non-health-services backgrounds. However, both SPIs and PIPs are backed by medical toxicologists and quality assurance oversight. Additionally, the data are collected in . . .
Keywords
Pesticides; Exposure-levels; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-chemicals; Agriculture; Pesticides-and-agricultural-chemicals; Children; Employees; Employee-exposure; Employee-health; Risk-factors; Risk-analysis; Occupational-health; Health-hazards; Surveillance-programs
CODEN
JAMAAP
Publication Date
20051116
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
2006
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
19
ISSN
0098-7484
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
Source Name
Journal of the American Medical Association
State
OH
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