Davis, California -- The Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative - Medical (PERC-med) continues to educate the medical community on how to prevent, recognize and treat pesticide-related health conditions. The PERC-med Advisory Board supports PERC-med's pursuit to develop products around priority topics such as chronic exposures, differential diagnosis support, reporting requirements, prevention and treatment. PERC-med invites ideas for new pesticide-related educational resources to serve the needs of medical providers across the country. Ideas will be considered by the PERC-med Advisory Board.
Resources might include recorded webinars, brochures, fact sheets, infographics, posters, videos, manuals, mobile apps or other online accessible tools, and/or other novel approaches to meet the pesticide education needs of health care providers. Such materials should aim to provide practical information to help healthcare providers prevent, recognize, and treat pesticide-related illnesses and injuries. PERC-med's current project status is listed on the website, along with a curated set of currently available resources.
Project idea(s) should be submitted using this form no later than August 16, 2021 to have it considered by the PERC-med Advisory Board. If you cannot access the online form please use the fillable PDF format and email to PERC-MedSupport@ucdavis.edu. This is not a funding solicitation, but a gathering of input on resources that are needed by health care providers.
Davis, California -- A free course to train health professionals to recognize, treat and report pesticide poisoning and illnesses in California has been expanded to provide information on reporting requirements throughout the nation.
The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has joined forces with the Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative for Medical Professionals (PERC-med) to expand the reach of the 60-minute online course. The continuing medical education (CME) program, titled Recognition, Management and Reporting of Pesticide Illness, provides medical information on the recognition and management of symptoms of pesticide poisoning. It also presents information on how to diagnose and treat pesticide illnesses, including those due to cholinesterase-inhibiting pesticides.
The original course, designed by OEHHA for health care providers in California, contained information on reporting requirements of pesticide illnesses in the state. A national module created by PERC-med has been added to the course.
With the addition of this new module, providers across the United States will find information on reporting pesticide illnesses in their specific state. The information is designed to be useful to hospitals, physicians, nurses, physician assistants, health centers, medical students, and first responders.
The course can be accessed through the PERC-med website at pesticideresources.org/med/resources/training.html or through the OEHHA website at oehha.ca.gov/pesticides/education-and-training.
"The addition of the reporting module extends the reach of this course to a national audience," said Dr. Ouahiba Laribi of OEHHA, CalEPA, and the PERC-med Advisory Board. "The national expansion ensures a comprehensive training for health-care providers, with health benefits for all US residents, especially people in agricultural areas."
OEHHA works to protect human health from the toxic effects of pesticides, including:
Visit OEHHA online at oehha.ca.gov/pesticides or on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/company/office-of-environmental-health-hazard-assessment/.
PERC-med's goal is to raise awareness among health care providers by making it easier for them to:
Davis, California -- PERC-med appointed David Vearrier, MD, MPH to its Advisory Board. Dr. Vearrier is Professor of Emergency Medicine and Preventive Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center; Adjunct Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania; and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, and was Medical Toxicology Associate Fellowship Director at Drexel University College of Medicine. PERC-med is the Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative for Medical Professionals, a 5-year cooperative agreement (#X-83935901) between the U.S. EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs and University of California Davis Extension, in collaboration with Oregon State University. The primary goal of this project is to widely promote and market pesticide-related health resources to medical providers across the U.S. to help them prevent, recognize and treat pesticide-related health conditions.
Diana Simmes, MPH, Pesticide Medical Education Director at UC Davis said, "Dr. Vearrier's expertise in emergency medicine and medical toxicology positions him to advance healthcare providers' knowledge of pesticide-related conditions. His professional relationships and educational roles, along with his credentials, will ensure that more clinicians are trained on recognizing, treating and preventing these illnesses and injuries," she added.
"Pesticide spans many medical subspecialties -- public health, emergency medicine, preventive medicine, and toxicology," said Dr. Vearrier. "PERC-med's mission and mine are aligned -- teaching clinicians to recognize, treat and prevent pesticide illnesses and injuries."
Dr. Vearrier has published over 70 peer-reviewed publications; led as site principal investigator in several funded grants including those from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Federal Drug Administration (FDA); and has written seven book chapters. He is board certified in medical toxicology, occupational medicine, and emergency medicine. He is Chair of the Occupational and Environmental Toxicology Section of the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology; and is a member of the the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, the American College of Medical Toxicology, and the American Academy of Emergency Medicine.
Dr. Vearrier received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California Berkeley and his Doctor of Medicine from University of California San Diego. He completed his Residency in Emergency Medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine, his Fellowship in Medical Toxicology in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine, and completed his Residency in Occupational Medicine from Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Vearrier also received his Master of Public Health from Drexel University.
Dr. Vearrier joins other members of the PERC-med Advisory Board, including:
Davis, California -- PERC-med appointed Michael Yeh, MD to its Advisory Board, effective immediately. Board-certified in both emergency medicine and internal medicine, Dr. Yeh is finishing his medical toxicology fellowship at Emory University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). PERC-med is the Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative for Medical Professionals, a 5-year cooperative agreement (#X-83935901) between the U.S. EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs and University of California Davis Extension, in collaboration with Oregon State University. The primary goal of this project is to widely promote and market pesticide-related health resources to medical providers across the U.S. to help them prevent, recognize, and treat pesticide-related health conditions.
Diana Simmes, MPH, Pesticide Medical Education Director at UC Davis said, "Dr. Yeh's focus on medical toxicology and emergency medicine complements PERC-med's work." She continued, "His medical toxicology work with the CDC and Emory enhances our mission to provide clinicians with practical, timely, science-based resources on pesticide-related illnesses."
"The important work that PERC-med is doing coordinates perfectly with my medical toxicology interests," said Dr. Yeh. "Working in the field, researching, and educating clinicians are my passions. Collaborating with PERC-med enables me to further those goals."
Dr. Yeh received his Doctor of Medicine and his Master of Science in Epidemiology degrees from State University of New York at Buffalo; his Master of Science in Journalism from Columbia University; and his Bachelor of Science in Biology from SUNY at Stony Brook. Dr. Yeh completed his emergency medicine/internal medicine residencies at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Yeh currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. He joins other members of the PERC-med Advisory Board, including:
Davis, California -- PERC-med appointed James Russell Roberts, MD, MPH to its Advisory Board. A board-certified pediatrician, Dr. Roberts is a Professor of Pediatrics with Tenure at the Medical University of South Carolina. PERC-med is the Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative for Medical Professionals, a five-year cooperative agreement (#X-83935901) between the U.S. EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs and University of California Davis Extension, in collaboration with Oregon State University. The primary goal of this project is to widely promote and market pesticide-related health resources to medical providers across the U.S. to help them prevent, recognize and treat pesticide-related health conditions.
Diana Simmes, MPH, Pesticide Medical Education Director at UC Davis said, "Dr. Roberts has significantly contributed to the field as co-author of the most authoritative reference on pesticide poisonings -- Recognition and Management of Pesticide Poisoning." She continued, "His work with the EPA and the Children's Environmental Health Network -- plus his dedication to pediatrics, environmental health and public health -- makes him a great resource for PERC-med and our mission to educate clinicians on pesticide-related illnesses."
"I am honored to join the Advisory Board at PERC-med," said Dr. Roberts. "My passion for educating healthcare practitioners on pesticide-related illnesses aligns perfectly with PERC-med's vision. By working with this diverse group of environmental, healthcare and scientific professionals, I hope to bring awareness to this medical and environmental issue."
Dr. Roberts has published over 50 peer-reviewed publications, received 20 grants, and has written seven chapters and six books. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Academic Pediatric Association and the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology.
Dr. Roberts received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from McMurry College in Abilene, Texas; and his Doctor of Medicine from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, Texas. He completed his Pediatric Internship and Residency at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia; and was a General Academic Pediatrics Fellow at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine in Birmingham, Alabama. Dr. Roberts also received his Master of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health in Birmingham, Alabama.
Dr. Roberts currently resides in Charleston, South Carolina. He joins other members of the PERC-med Advisory Board, including:
A pesticide is any substance or mixture of substances intended for preventing, destroying, or mitigating any pest. Children and pregnant women are uniquely vulnerable to toxic effects from exposure to pesticides. Some of the widely used pesticides of concern in the United States include the herbicide glyphosate, organophosphate insecticides (e.g., chlorpyrifos, malathion), carbamate insecticides (e.g., carbaryl, propoxur), neonicotinoid insecticides (e.g., imidacloprid, thiamethoxam), and pyrethroid insecticides (e.g., permethrin, cypermethrin). Chronic or repeated low-dose exposures are common. There is growing evidence on the relationship between this non-acute pesticide exposure in early life and adverse neurocognitive and neurobehavioral outcomes (ADHD, autism) in children. Additional associated morbidities include cancer (brain tumors, leukemia) and adverse birth outcomes (reduced intrauterine growth, preterm birth, congenital anomalies, fetal death).
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Poison Control Center data shows over 35,000 calls related to pesticide exposure concerns for children ≤ 5 years old (2018). Most serious acute poisonings occur after unintentional ingestion, although poisoning may also follow inhalational exposure (particularly from fumigants) and/or significant dermal exposure, such as in drift events. Misuse, such as violating label instructions, may also lead to overexposure. It is well recognized that pesticide poisonings are likely to be underreported because of difficulty with diagnosis, incomplete reporting and symptoms not being recognized as a poisoning.
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You may be surprised to learn that many infection control products commonly used in healthcare are actually pesticides.
More specifically, they are antimicrobial pesticides. Antimicrobial pesticides are essential public health tools because we use them in hospitals, schools, bathrooms and food preparation areas to prevent the spread of germs that can cause disease. So, what exactly constitutes a pesticide? A pesticide is defined as any substance or mixture of substances intended for preventing, destroying, repelling, or mitigating any pest. Microorganisms, bacteria and viruses are included in the definition of pests. Pesticides help protect our food, water, and health. However, there are always risks related to their use.
Given global challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic, an increasing number of antimicrobial pesticides are being used to help control the spread of the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, that causes COVID-19. Since the emergence of COVID-19, the demand for antimicrobial pesticides has risen sharply. A recent CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, found that U.S. poison centers received an increase in calls (45,550) related to exposure to cleaners (28,158) and disinfectants (17,392) from January–March 2020, compared to January–March 2019 (37,822) and January–March 2018 (39,122). Although this data does not provide a definite link between exposures and COVID-19 related cleaning activity, a clear temporal association can be seen (Chang, 2020).
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To arrange an interview with an expert on pesticide and pesticide-related illnesses, contact us at PERC-MedSupport@ucdavis.edu. Our experts can speak about pesticide, pesticide related illnesses, toxicology, occupational health, environmental health, pediatrics, agromedicine, and public health.