June 1, 2020: Does COVID-19 Impact the Exposures Managed by the Tennessee Poison Center?

 The last few months revealed not only an increase in exposures  in the homes of Tennesseans, but included unique and uncommon exposures such as boiling disinfectants to sanitize the air, dermal exposures to concentrated cleaners or disinfectants, caustic concentrations of food grade hydrogen peroxide, and questions about the safe injection or ingestion of disinfectants, bleaches, and cleaners.


The National Poison Data System has just released data regarding national exposure trends. The attached infographics show these national trends in Unintentional Exposures, Suicidal Exposures, Bleach Exposures, Disinfectant Exposures, and Hand Sanitizer Exposures.


These numbers have also been reflected in exposure volumes seen in Tennessee specific data. The TN Poison Center is available 24/7 with specialists and toxicologists ready to assist with any cases or questions you may have. Please don't hesitate to call – 1-800-222-1222.


Prepared by Nena Bowman, PharmD, DABAT – Managing Director, Tennessee Poison Center


I am interested in any questions you would like answered in the Question of the Week.  Please email me with any suggestion at donna.seger@vumc.org.


Donna Seger, MD

Executive Director

Tennessee Poison Center


Poison Help Hotline: 1-800-222-1222