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Marcel J. Casavant

Chief of Toxicology

Nationwide Children's Hospital

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Nationwide Children's Hospital

700 Children's Drive

Columbus, Ohio,43205

United States

Company Description

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report's 2016-17 list of "America's Best Children's Hospitals," Nationwide Children's Hospital is America's largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare system providing wellness, preventive, diag...more

Background Information

Employment History

Medical Toxicologist

The Ohio State University

Medical Director

Central Ohio Poison Center


American College of Medical Toxicology

Member of the Pediatric and Special Populations Committee

American Academy of Clinical Toxicology

Chemical, Radiation and Biological Terrorism Preparedness Committees

Center for Developmental Pharmacology and Toxicology


Paratus Solutions

Founding Member of the Board of Managers



Web References(118 Total References)

Colic, Underage Drinking, Mercury Exposure - PediaCast 202 -PediaCast

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Dr Marcel Casavant
Medical Director Central Ohio Poison Center Also, Dr. Marcel Casavant is scheduled to stop by the studio here soon, and we're going to discuss mercury exposure. And just in the nick of time, Dr. Marcel Casavant has popped into the PediaCast studio to help me answer this one. Dr. Casavant is the Medical Director of the Central Ohio Poison Center. He's also chief of pharmacology and toxicology here at Nationwide Children's Hospital. And a professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. So, Dr. Casavant, thanks for stopping by and helping us out. 43:02 Marcel Casavant: You're welcome. Good afternoon. Marcel Casavant: Well, it's a very complicated story. Marcel Casavant: You know, it's funny that you say mercury sounds dangerous, to me mercury sounds dangerous, and to you it sounds dangerous. Marcel Casavant: Yes, mercury really is dangerous. Marcel Casavant: Yeah. Marcel Casavant: Well, the mercury finds lots of enzymes in the body that are used to using what we call divalent cations, so things like calcium and magnesium, and iron that have 2+, and the mercury can have 2+ and so, all of these enzymes will try using mercury the way they use the other metals in the body and don't stop working correctly. Marcel Casavant: For the issue of today's discussion, yes that's exactly what we're worried about is brain development, it's IQ points, it's how am I able to learn in school and master sensory input and control of language, and all of those kinds of things as we grow up. Marcel Casavant: Other kinds of mercury can cause other problems. Marcel Casavant: But what we're mostly worried about when we talk about the broken light bulb, the broken fever thermometer, other sources of mercury in a child's environment is the brain development. Marcel Casavant: The treatment is to first to recognize that it's happened and then to stop the exposure. So, as your listener wrote, she did all the wrong thing. Marcel Casavant: Correct. Marcel Casavant: And the mercury that has been taken up by the child will be eliminated. And safely so, and without causing any problems. Marcel Casavant: Great. Marcel Casavant: Absolutely. Very susceptible to the same kinds of problems with these products as everyone else's. Marcel Casavant: So, the next thing is if it falls and breaks you do want to take children, pets out of the area quickly. You don't want them breathing the vapors, but you also don't want them walking through the broken parts and then tracking the fragments throughout the rest of the house. 49:02 Marcel Casavant: If you have an air conditioner turn that off, or your heating system HPA doesn't turn that off, so if there are vapors being generated you don't spread those throughout the house. Marcel Casavant: After that what we do is try to find all the pieces and put them all together in a plastic bag. Marcel Casavant: Pick up all the glass pieces, any dust that's with it, any fragments. You can use things like duct tape to pick really small pieces that you might be able to see, but are hard to pick up. 50:04 Marcel Casavant: You definitely don't want to use a vacuum cleaner because that can contaminate the vacuum cleaner really permanently. Marcel Casavant: So, we want to get all these pieces together and put them in a plastic bag, and then we want to get that plastic bag safely disposed off. Now, all these works perfectly for non porous surfaces. Marcel Casavant: Yes. Marcel Casavant: In many places you're not allowed to throw those in the trash. Marcel Casavant: I'm not aware of any other particular concerns with those kinds of light bulbs that you mentioned. That's Dr. Marcel Casavant, ladies and gentlemen.

Medical Staff Leadership :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

www.columbuschildrens.com [cached]

Marcel J. Casavant, MD
Department of Pediatric Surgery

Every 45 minutes, a child is poisoned by opioids

www.emergency-live.com [cached]

For that reason, Dr. Marcel Casavant, one of the study's co-authors and chief of the toxicology department at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio; now tells patients to not only keep their medicines out of sight and out of reach, but contained in a locked cabinet.
In addition, the team calls for changes to packaging - such as selling pills in individual blister packs - that slow the child's access to the drug, giving parents time to intervene, for example. Another data point that stands out is the alarming level of exposure to buprenorphine, a "partial-agonist" opioid used to wean addicts off opiates. Dr. Casavant also said that anyone who suspects they or someone else have been exposed to opioids should call the national Poison Help hotline.

Fewer U.S. Kids Overdosing on Opioids - JFK Medical Associates

jfkma.org [cached]

"We really have a major problem in this country [with opioid abuse]," said Dr. Marcel Casavant, one of the researchers on the study.
"And it's trickling down to our kids." And in certain ways, the study found, things have gotten worse: Among teenagers, for example, the rate of suspected suicide by opioid overdose is rising. "That's an alarming finding," said Casavant, who is chief toxicologist at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. It suggests, he said, that a growing number of teens may be suicidal - and have easy access to fatal opioid doses. But 30 percent of the time, it was a teenager who'd taken the drug to get high or for self-harm, Casavant said. This study can't show why, Casavant said. But, he said, growing awareness of the nation's opioid problem is a likely factor. More prudent prescribing, to both adults and teens, is one way to address the national opioid problem, both Casavant and Rosen said. "Parents should keep the medication not just out of reach, but locked up," Casavant said. And any leftover pills should be promptly discarded, he added.

Paratus Board Members

www.paratussolutions.com [cached]

Marcel J. Casavant, MD, FACEP, FACMT
Vice President Dr. Casavant is a founding member of the Paratus Board of Managers. He has twenty years of experience as a physician; he is board certified both in Medical Toxicology and in Emergency Medicine, and has achieved Fellow status within the Colleges of each specialty. Dr. Casavant is the Medical Director of the Central Ohio Poison Control Center, Chief of Pharmacology/Toxicology for Nationwide Children's Hospital and Clinical Professor for The Ohio State University Colleges of Medicine & Pharmacy. He has been active in the Columbus and Metropolitan Medical Response System since its start in 1997, and serves on its Medical Management of Radiation Victims and Pharmaceuticals committees. Dr. Casavant chaired the Hospital Communications Task Force in Columbus and directed an Ohio Department of Health grant to develop poison control centers as a statewide resource for bioterrorism response. Nationally, he is active on the Chemical, Radiation and Biological Terrorism Preparedness Committees of the American College of Medical Toxicology and the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology, a member of the Pediatric and Special Populations Committee of the American College of Medical Toxicology, and a consultant to the National Library of Medicine Hazardous Substances Databank and to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.

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