What agent was associated with the most deaths reported to US poison centers involving exposures from products stored in a secondary container?
Hydrofluoric acid. A retrospective study of the National Poison Data System from 2007-2017 identified 45,512 cases reported to US poison centers with an exposure scenario of “container transfer involved (product transferred from original container to unlabeled container, incorrectly labeled container, or food container for use or storage and patient accessed product from second container).” Almost three-quarters of cases were considered non-toxic. A total of 23 deaths were identified with hydrofluoric acid reported in six cases.
Carpenter JE, et al. Poisonings due to storage in a secondary container reported to the National Poison Data System, 2007–2017. Clin Toxicol (Phila) 2020, DOI: 10.1080/15563650.2020.1833026