The Department of Medical Toxicology operates one of the busiest medical toxicology services in the United States, admitting and consulting on over 1,100 patients annually. Most admissions are transferred from hospitals around the state specifically for our toxicology expertise. Common reasons for admission include accidental ingestions of medications and household chemicals in children, intentional ingestions of a variety of substances, occupational exposures, adverse drug reactions. We also manage substance abuse and withdrawal syndromes in the hospital. More unique to our geographic location is the large number of envenomation exposures (especially rattlesnakes).
The Department maintains an extensive inventory of antidotes and has a division of laboratory services for clinical drug testing for inpatients. A clinic provides limited outpatient services and independent medical examinations by appointment.
A medical toxicologist is always available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for patient referrals and consultations. Healthcare providers may call 602-253-3334 for inpatient consultations at BUMCP or PCH, or phone consultations at other facilities.