Poisons Information Monographs (PIM) - a global database
with evaluated information on substances (chemicals,
pharmaceuticals, poisonous plants, and poisonous and venomous
animals) commonly involved in cases of poisoning. A PIM is a
concise, practical document designed to facilitate the work of
poisons information specialists, clinicians, and analysts.
The PIM is more than a simple monograph and part of a database.
It is a dynamic document which represents an international
consensus on the diagnosis, management and prevention of
poisonings. It may also constitute the basis for training, a
source of scientific reference and a stimulus for international
cooperation amongst poisons centres and clinical toxicology units
around the world.
The PIMs are prepared by collaborating poisons information
centres and other experts throughout the world and are
subjected to individual and peer review. PIMs summarize the
physico-chemical and toxicological properties of the substance,
the medical features of the effects produced by various routes
of exposure to the substance, the patient management and the
supporting laboratory investigations.