Original Article

Evaluation of Suicide and Intoxication Cases Admitted to our Newly Opened Intensive Care Unit


  • Nalan Muhammedoğlu
  • Gökçen Başaranoğlu
  • Yaşar Gökhan Gül
  • Mehmet Toptaş
  • Sevim Baltalı
  • Bengü Özütürk

Received Date: 31.03.2014 Accepted Date: 14.04.2014 Med Bull Haseki 2014;52(3):153-157


The aim of this study was to evaluate the suicide and intoxication cases between April 2011 and April 2013.


We retrospectively analyzed hospital records of patients who were admitted to our intensive care unit due to suicide and intoxication. The age, sex, intoxication causes, laboratory analyses, treatment refusal rates, and the prognosis were evaluated.


A total of 308 patients (105 males, 203 females) were admitted to the intensive care unit. The mean age of the patients was 27.45±10.26 years (males: 28.70±9.86 years, females: 26.80±10.43 years). There were only 4 patients over 65 years of age. 275 patients had drug intoxication (antidepressant drug, pain killer, antibiotic, etc.) and 33 patients had other causes of intoxication. When analyzing the prognosis; a total of 234 patients were discharged after initial treatment and 57 patients were discharged due to treatment refusal. 15 patients were referred for inpatient psychiatric treatment, 1 patient to the Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment Center (AMATEM) and 1 patient was referred to İstanbul University Medical Faculty due to acute hepatic failure.


The patients admitted to our intensive care unit due to suicide and intoxications were mainly females (65.9%) and individuals of young age (median age: 27.45 years). Female patients had used antidepressants for suicide attempts and males had used antiflu-acetaminophen combinations. No mortality was observed.

Keywords: Intoxications, suicide, intensive care, emergency

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