Medical Toxicology is the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of poisoning and related health effects from medication, biological agents and environmental or occupational toxins. Medical toxicologists provide comprehensive care to patients who have come into contact with drugs or other substances that cause a threat to their health.
The Department of Emergency Medicine’s Division of Medical Toxicology is focused on the prevention and treatment of acute and chronic poisoning. Division faculty and learners support an inpatient clinical toxicology consult service at IU Health Methodist Hospital, Eskenazi Hospital, IU Health University Hospital and Riley Hospital for Children, which are regional and statewide tertiary referral centers. This specialty division also provides care for patients with occupational and environmental poisoning at an outpatient neurotoxicology clinic and oversees the medical care provided by the Indiana Poison Center, the only regional Poison Center in Indiana, serving more than seven million people.
Faculty physicians in this division teach students and residents through a clinical rotation and train PharmD students and physicians through a medical toxicology fellowship.