Demand for poison control center services “surged” during the 2003 blackout

  title={Demand for poison control center services “surged” during the 2003 blackout},
  author={Kelly Klein and Perri Herzog and Susan C. Smolinske and Suzanne R. White},
  journal={Clinical Toxicology},
  pages={248 - 254}
Background. Beginning 8/14/03, for 24 hours, the largest geographic power failure in U.S. history occurred. Our Poison Control Center (PCC) catchment area was one of the most severely affected, with most of the population left without electricity, fuel, water pressure, or municipal potable water. The paucity of reports on the impact of disasters on PCC operations led us to summarize our experience. Method. Data sources included 1) Toxicall® human exposures during 8/03 (with comparison to 2002… 

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