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1) Children less than six years of age accounted for what percentage of poison exposures in the United States in 1994?

a) 34%

b) 44%

c) 54%

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2) How many of those exposures were fatal?

a) 26

b) 437

c) 2,988


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3) What is the most common cause of fatal poisoning in children under six?

a) Household cleansers

b) Iron supplements

c) Alcohol


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4) What is the most common contributing factor in poisonings of 3 to 7 year olds?

a) Improper monitoring of the child's behaviour

b) The caretaker's temporary distraction (such as a phone call)

c) Improper storage of poisonous substances


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5) The age group most at risk for accidental poison ingestions is:

a) 1-3 years old

b) 4-6 years old

c) 7-9 years old


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6) What percentage of toddlers who experience an accidental poisoning have another episode before the age of six?

a) 10%

b) 20%

c) 30%


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7) What proportion of childhood poisonings occur outside the home?

a) 1/10

b) 1/5

c) 1/3


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