Pesticide Resources and Services for Health Care Professionals

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The health effects from pesticide exposures may go unrecognized because the symptoms are subtle or attributed to other factors, and/or the failure to take a proper exposure history. Consulting with a toxicologist or specialist in environmental health may provide useful information to assess pesticide exposures, and ultimately, to properly diagnose, treat, and prevent pesticide-related illnesses.

The Minnesota Department of Health prepared the following list of resources for health care professionals to serve as a gateway to pesticide health-related information. For additional information or questions:

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Consultation and Referral Services
Patient Assessment
Toxicology (and other chemical/product information)
Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development

Consultation and Referral Services

Minnesota
Minnesota Department of Health
Health Risk Assessment Unit:

  • Provides consultation services regarding pesticide exposures and toxicity (evaluate the potential for exposure; consistency of symptoms and toxicity/effects associated with active ingredients)
  • Assists in identifying physician specialists to whom patients can be referred to for additional evaluation

Minnesota Poison Control System
Hennepin County Medical Center:

  • Provides telephone triage services and medical consultation regarding pesticide exposures 24/7

Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Pesticides:

  • Provides information regarding pesticide laws, products and appropriate use
  • Collects and investigates information about reported pesticide incidents

Regional/National
Great Lakes Center for Children's Environmental Health

  • Provides clinical evaluation and consultation services for children regarding environmental exposures to chemicals, including pesticides
  • Serves as an information resource for health care professionals and the general public on children's environmental health issues

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Patient Assessment

Proper assessment of any pesticide exposure is essential during the diagnostic phase of patient evaluation and follow-up. Below are resources to assist in taking a comprehensive exposure history. Also, see information about laboratory reference ranges for many common pesticides, and guidance on cholinesterase testing and monitoring.

Taking an Exposure History Reference Ranges/Exposure Data Cholinesterase Testing and Monitoring

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Toxicology (and other chemical/product information)

Below are links to information about pesticide toxicology and other chemical/product information. Active ingredients for pesticides may be identified on the product label or by contacting the Minnesota Department of Agriculture at (651) 201-6055.

References, Textbooks and Guidelines Searchable Databases
  • TOXLINE, National Library of Medicine
  • PubMed, National Library of Medicine
Other Resources

Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development

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Updated Friday, 16-May-2014 07:54:35 CDT