Table 4

Distribution of childhood (<5 years age) poisoning admissions to intensive care unit by external cause injury code (E code), Royal Children's Hospital, Victoria, 1979–91

E codeAgentsFrequency%
858.6Respiratory system, smooth and skeletal muscle agents2710.8
854.0Antidepressants249.6
855.0Anticonvulsants228.8
858.3Cardiovascular system agents197.6
858.4Gastrointestinal system agents104.0
853.0Phenothiazine based tranquillisers72.8
852.8Specified sedatives, hypnotics52.0
853.2Benzodiazepine based tranquillisers41.6