Pesticide poisoning emergency department visits: facts & figures

Unintentional, non-occupational pesticide poisoning ED visits in Minnesota:


Pesticide poisoning ED visits in Minnesota, by year

Source: Minnesota Hospital Association, 2000-2014.

The rate of ED visits for pesticide poisoning has remained fairly consistent over the years, around 1 or 2 cases of pesticide poisoning ED vists per 100,000 people. ED visits for pesticide poisoning was highest in 2011 and lowest in 2014. The ED visits are more common than hospitalizations for pesticide poisonings. 


Pesticide poisoning ED visits in Minnesota, by age and sex

Source: Minnesota Hospital Association, 2010-2014.

Children age 4 and under have a higher rate of ED visits for pesticide poisonings than other age groups. ED visit rates are not significantly different by sex.

Young children are especially vulnerable to pesticide poisoning. Special care should be taken to prevent them from being exposed to pesticides.


Pesticide poisoning ED visits in Minnesota, by month

Source: Minnesota Hospital Association, 2000-2014.

ED visits for pesticide poisoning follow a seasonal pattern. They increase in the summer and fall, probably due to the increased use of pesticides for pest management.


Pesticide poisoning ED visits in Minnesota, by region

*Unstable rates due to counts below 20. Minnesota Counties and Tribes by SCHSAC Region. Source: Minnesota Hospital Association, 2005-2014.

The Southwest region has the highest rate of ED visits for pesticide poisonings; the Central and West Central regions have the lowest rates. 

These regional rates are adjusted for population size and age.