Pesticide poisoning emergency department visits: Facts & Figures

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

Poisonings for disinfectants are not included.


Pesticide poisoning ED visits in MN

Number and age-adjusted rate per 100,000 people of pesticide poisoning ED visits in Minnesota
Source: Minnesota Hospital Association, 2000-2014.

The rate of ED visits for pesticide poisonings has remained fairly consistent over the years. It was highest in 2002 and lowest in 2014. The rates of ED visits are much higher than the rate of hospitalizations for pesticide poisonings. 


Children are more vulnerable to pesticide poisonings

Rate of pesticide poisoning ED visits per 100,000 people in Minnesota
Source: Minnesota Hospital Association, 2010-2014.

Children age 4 and under have a much higher rate of ED visits for pesticide poisonings than other age groups. 

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

ED visit rates are not significantly different by sex.


Pesticide poisoning ED visits increase in summer

Number of 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.


Regional variations in pesticide poisoning ED visits

Age-adjusted rate of pesticide poisoning ED visits per 100,000 people, by Minnesota 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 Southeast regions have the lowest rates. Due to its larger population size, the highest number of ED visits for pesticide poisonings are in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

These regional rates are adjusted for population size and age.