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Welcome to the Illinois Poison Center Blog

Posted: December 9th, 2009 | Tags: , , , , , , , | 5 Comments »

An Introduction to the Illinois Poison Center Blog:

Welcome to the first post of the Illinois Poison Center blog site!  I must be honest, in medical school I never thought I would be writing an internet blog, probably because Al Gore hadn’t invented the internet yet and blogs did not exist.  A lot has changed in the past 20 plus years.  With the tremendous growth in the internet and social media, the ability to communicate in the blogosphere has taken off with mommy blogs, daddy blogs, political blogs, community blogs, health-related blogs and others.  There are those who may ask “Does the world really need another blog, especially a poison center blog?”  I would have to answer with an unequivocal “yes”.

The Illinois Poison Center provides a variety of services and programs that encompass health care, public health education and research.  Through this blog, we will generate a dialogue, a conversation, with everyone interested in decreasing the harm of poisoning in their family, community or in the patients they treat.

We will have stories, articles, news you can use, interesting poisoning cases, and information and education on how to make your home and community safer.

Important general factoids on poisoning and poison centers:

What is the Illinois Poison Center and what does it do?

The Illinois Poison Center (IPC) is a non-profit health service serving all of Illinois.  It provides comprehensive and trusted information and treatment advice on potentially harmful substances via its free, confidential 24-hour hotline staffed by medical experts including doctors, nurses and pharmacists.

  • The IPC answers ~100,000 calls per year
  • About 18,000 calls come directly from healthcare providers seeking a telemedicine consultation on how to treat a potentially poisoned patient in their care, the vast majority from ER and ICU physicians and nurses

However, we are much more than an emergency medical hotline.  We serve as the state’s leading resource of advance toxicology training for healthcare professionals.  Working closely with colleges and universities in Illinois, we educate nursing, pharmacy and medical students to further the knowledge of toxicology.  The IPC has an extensive public education program and engages volunteers within Illinois communities statewide to help provide the general public with poison prevention education on potentially harmful substances.

How does the Illinois Poison Center educate health care professionals in training?

We provide advanced toxicology and poison prevention education to healthcare students and professionals through a variety of ways.

  • Through our partnership with the Toxikon Consortium which includes medical toxicology specialists at UIC and Stroger Hospital, we assist in the training of over 80 emergency medicine residents and fellows every year
  • The IPC serves as an experiential rotation site for multiple medical schools in the Chicago metropolitan area
  • We currently offer rotations and didactic lectures to 4 pharmacy schools (UIC, Midwestern, Southern Illinois University, Chicago State University)
  • The IPC has partnerships with several nursing schools to educate their students on how to teach poison prevention through our online poison prevention education program.

How does the Illinois Poison Center deliver poison prevention education to communities?

We provided outreach education in communities throughout the state with unique partnerships with:

  • Hospitals
  • Community organizations
  • Individual educators

Many of the individual educators use IPC curriculum and materials as part of their own health-related and safety mission in their own jobs such as school nurses, doctor’s offices, head start and other preschool.  With our partnerships and several hundred active volunteers, the IPC sponsors over 2500 events, reaching 300,000 people annually.

We are very excited to start our journey through the blogosphere.  As you take the trip with us, please post and ask questions about poisons and other potentially harmful substances and we will do our best to answer them.  Through the medium of online communication, with stories, news you can use, and other articles, together we will make our homes and communities safer places for our children and families.

Michael Wahl MD

Medical Director

Illinois Poison Center

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5 Comments on “Welcome to the Illinois Poison Center Blog”

  1. 1 Tweets that mention Illinois Poison Center Blog » Blog Archive » Welcome to the Illinois Poison Center Blog -- said at 8:52 am on December 10th, 2009:

    […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Tony Chen, Carol @ the IPC. Carol @ the IPC said: check out the newest IPC blog post! […]

  2. 2 Terri Suzuki said at 10:03 am on December 10th, 2009:

    Of course we need a Poison Center Blog! I can’t wait to read more and see what you do with this medium.

  3. 3 ILPoisonCenter said at 1:14 pm on December 10th, 2009:

    Thanks for your support and interest. Stay tuned and don’t hesitate to let us know if there’s something you’d like us to write about.

  4. 4 Tony said at 2:10 pm on December 10th, 2009:

    As a dad to 2 young kids, I definitely look forward to more here! I’m amazed at how curious my little ones are – especially for my 11-month-old, she puts EVERYTHING into her mouth… so I have to keep very close watch!

    Keep up the good work, and I look forward to a lot of practical advice for busy parents like myself. Tell us some crazy stories, too, once in a while (hopefully none of my calls end up in that category)

  5. 5 ILPoisonCenter said at 10:06 am on December 15th, 2009:

    As they say, kids act fast…so do potentially poisonous substances! Prevention is key. Check out the free online Poison Prevention Education Training Course for info and materials!

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