Department of Medical Toxicology

Background

[Scorpion] Our Medical Toxicology group operates one of the busiest inpatient toxicology services in the United States, admitting and consulting on over 1,300 patients annually. We are affiliated with the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix and form the Department of Medical Toxicology at Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix (BUMCP) as well as the Section of Toxicology at Phoenix Children's Hospital. Most admissions are transferred from hospitals around the state specifically for toxicology services and 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).

[Blacktail] At BUMCP, an extensive inventory of antidotes is maintained along with a division of laboratory services for clinical drug testing for inpatients. A clinic provides limited outpatient services and independent medical examinations by appointment.

Services Provided

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 transfer requests or inpatient consultations at BUMCP or PCH, or phone consultations at other facilities.