Toxicological evaluation in the childhood

Amparo Arroyo, Carlos Rodrigo, M. Teresa Marrón

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Abstract

Intoxications in infancy require urgent medical treatment within national health systems. In our country they represent 0.3% of paediatric urgencies. Most of them are accidental intoxications but is not infrequent to find some related to child abuse or to suicidal intentions, especially in adolescence. The objectives of the study are to evaluate both clinical health care and medical legal aspects in intoxications in infancy. Medical assistance is described and it includes clinical diagnosis, typology of the more common toxics, percentages and referral to social work and emergency care equipment units of the Ministry of Social Welfare and the Department of Health or, where appropriate, directly to prosecutors and courts for their intervention. In cases of detection of alcohol, drugs or medication in infants, the importance of the correct interpretation of the results of toxicological findings is discussed. Several studies for the interpretation of results concerning the detection of these toxics are reported. Both legal aspects and the forensic medical opinion are assessed. The findings will be analysed by the judicial authority in order to circumscribe responsibilities or to take appropriate decisions concerning the protection of infants' interests. In conclusion intoxication in infancy can lead to legal proceedings requiring specific actions for their protection. Both physicians and hospitals must comply with the legal requirement of the submission to the court of judicial parties. On the other hand, this information is an interesting step toward reinforcing public health surveillance. © 2014 Elsevier España, S.L. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-46
JournalMedicina Clinica
Volume142
Issue numberSUPPL. 2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

Keywords

  • Forensic toxicology
  • Infancy intoxications
  • Legal medicine

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    Arroyo, A., Rodrigo, C., & Teresa Marrón, M. (2014). Toxicological evaluation in the childhood. Medicina Clinica, 142(SUPPL. 2), 43-46. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0025-7753(14)70071-5