August 2010

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Hot Summer Days and Medications: A Recipe for Heat Stroke

Hot Summer Days and Medications: A Recipe for Heat Stroke

15 years ago I worked four straight night shifts during the one of the largest heat-related disasters in the Midwest; over 700 people died in the Chicago metropolitan area in just a few days during that deadly heat wave of 1995.  I vividly remember ambulances lined up waiting to bring another critically ill patient into … more

::Illinois Poison Center State Funding Update::

After months of diligently working to encourage Governor Pat Quinn and the Illinois General Assembly to maintain funding for the Illinois Poison Center in the new fiscal state budget (FY2011), our hard work has “paid off”!  The Illinois Poison Center is pleased to announce that Governor Quinn has decided to maintain funding for the poison … more

Take Home Lessons: Kids and Cleaning Product Spray Bottles

Take Home Lessons: Kids and Cleaning Product Spray Bottles

By Tony Burda DABAT, and Sheri VanOsdol, Pharm.D. You probably have seen or heard the story about the recent study released from the Journal of Pediatrics regarding the incidence of children treated in emergency departments due to exposure to household cleaning products.  Rather than quoting a lot of statistics, which you can find on other … more

Copper Sulfate: Pool Cleaner, Vineyard Helper or Unsuspected Summer Threat?

Copper Sulfate: Pool Cleaner, Vineyard Helper or Unsuspected Summer Threat?

By Harry C. Karydes, DO, Toxicology Fellow An interesting case came into the Illinois Poison Centerthis week.  A frantic father called after his 3 year-old daughter inadvertently ingested copper sulfate.  During the case review, it was discovered that the father was using the product as an algaecide to clean their outdoor pool.  Unfortunately, he placed this liquid … more