"Budnitz’s analysis showed that in 2011 about 15,000 of the 74,000 children who went to the emergency room after a drug accident were admitted for further evaluation or treatment."
What's that mean? 15,000 admissions per year for "evaluation or treatment"? How many actually warranted treatment? How many were discharged after no treatment at all?
"The poison control center data showed that of 450,000 children evaluated, more than 25,000 exhibited symptoms ranging from a faster heart rate to brief seizures to liver damage, a life-threatening condition."
450,000 over what period? 74,000 went to the ER in 2011, so this 450,000 is over...about 6 years? And over that period of time 25,000 "exhibited symptoms"? So in a given year, about 15,000 get admitted to the hospital for evaluation or treatment, but over a ~6 year period only 25,000 of them even exhibited any symptoms? And of those that exhibited symptoms, some number of those weren't even serious, amounting only to thinks like a faster heart rate?
"Even in cases in which children suffer no ill effects, pediatric drug accidents have other costs, from the anxiety experienced by panicked parents to the expense of unnecessary trips to the ER, medical experts said."
But something must be done, because so many of the ER trips are completely unnecessary and due solely to overreacting parents?
Call me a heartless monster if you must, but this is, by the very numbers quoted, such a non-problem I fail to see why Boing Boing even finds it worthy of posting.