First Aid Basics: Different Types of Poisoning

An approximated 80% of all poisoning victims in South Africa are under the age of 3 years old. Annually more than 50 000 toddlers are poisoned. 15% are critical and sadly around 8% are fatal.

There are 3 main types of poisoning, namely;

  • Poisoning via the digestive tract where substances  have been swallowed (click for more info).
  • Poisoning via the respiratory tract  when gases or fumes are inhaled(click for more info).
  • Poisoning via the skin where substances are injected into the blood steam (click for more info).

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