FIGURE 3-2 Death rates due to poisoning by intent and age, 2001.

SOURCE: Fingerhut (2003).

TESS data, by definition, only include poisoning cases for which a call was made to a poison control center. Although a few geographic areas are wholly excluded from TESS, the TESS experience of 1.7 million cases annually managed by telephone consultation alone (no subsequent clinical care) outstrips the NHIS estimate of less than 400,000 such events, even though the NHIS estimate also includes survey respondents who contacted a physician’s office by telephone, but did not call a poison control center.

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