About poison sense

My fascination with mechanisms of action of substances drove the primary author to enroll for a   training in Toxicology that culminated in doing Msc Pharmacology and Toxicology.  After redeployment in 2012 to a regional hospital in the former Rift valley province, and with some prompting from pharmacy colleagues, the author embarked on a exploratory study on clinical toxicology in the hospital. The study reported  a number of interesting observations, chiefly, a majority of acute poisoning cases was due to pesticide intoxication, but more worryingly, the poisons were incorrectly classified, inappropriately and/or inadequately managed. 

These findings showed a need for a data base in addition to treatment protocols of  common pesticides involved in human poisoning . PoisonSense site was created to bridge this service need.  It is important to note however that health risks associated with individual products may vary based upon their formulation. Formulated products may contain solvents, minor components or additives that are not indicated for obvious commercial interests yet have additional health risks. Product Safety Data Sheet is therefore a critical source of  toxicology information for health professionals.

Since  majority of poisoning victims are subjected to some home interventions prior to hospital presentation,  first aid  has been incorporated.

There is very  limited knowledge, across all cadres and across all counties, on clinical management of toxic agents.  Admittedly, this endevour  has  played a major role in reducing morbidity and mortality from acute poisoning in our hospital, Kapsabet County Referral Hospital. PoisonSense intends to be a reliable source of toxicological information.



  • PoisonSense endevours to  keep the information timely and accurate, as far as reasonably possible. The information is not necessarily comprehensive, complete, accurate or up-to-date. If errors are brought to its attention, PoisonSense will try to correct them as soon as possible.
  • I sincerely thank you for visiting PoisonSense. 



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