September 2, 2007

A Primer for Health Care Providers

(1)*The University of Washington School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Acute organophosphate intoxications in children are frequently misdiagnosed, despite being linked closely in time with generally high pesticide exposures. This reflects a number of factors:

• Symptoms of organophosphate toxicity are not pathognomonic, particularly in children.

• Current medical education does not adequately prepare providers to have an index of suspicion regarding pesticide-related illness.

• Providers are not familiar with taking an environmental history as part of the overall clinical history.

1. Comprehensive information for health care professionals can be found at "Organophosphate Pesticides & Child Health: A Primer for Health Care Providers

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