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Happy Halloween: Boo!…not Boo-Hoo.

Posted: October 26th, 2010 | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

By Art Kubic, PharmD and IPC Call Center Specialist

It’s that time of year again!  Fall is finally here. Time for pumpkins, corn mazes, apple cider, leaves (and the subsequent raking/leaf blowing), and one of my absolute favorite holidays—Halloween! With trick-or-treating season right around the corner, now is the time to start making plans to ensure your little ghosts, goblins, and princesses have a safe and secure time this year. Read more »


“All I Did Was Go To The Bathroom And…”

Posted: October 19th, 2010 | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

By Tony

No, this is not our attempt to make shameless PG-rated “bathroom humor.”  I haven’t conducted any studies nor am I equipped with any concrete statistics; all I have is my 30 years of observations as a certified toxicologist and those of other Illinois Poison Center call center staff. Yet I ask you to consider the following:  the act of going to the bathroom provides enough time and opportunity for any adventurous and clever toddler to get into mischief, which may unfortunately lead to an unwarranted injury or exposure. Read more »


“Do Nothing and Nothing Will Happen”

Posted: October 12th, 2010 | No Comments »

By Tony Burda, DABAT and Grazina Janeliauskaite, Pharm.D. Student

 In 1999, while I (Tony) was training a brand new specialist who had just starting working at the Illinois Poison Center, he listened to one of my calls from a nervous parent whose child ate something which was not poisonous. The parent kept repeating the same questions “What should I do?…What will happen?” over and over  again. It was clear that this parent was concerned about his child’s welfare. Kent then heard me say “Do nothing and nothing will happen.” He and I later debated whether or not those were my exact words, but Kent won out and the phrase eventually became a poison center adage referring to calls expected to have less severe outcomes. Read more »


“Ay, Ay…I Splashed_____in my Eye”

Posted: October 5th, 2010 | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

How to manage and prevent harmful chemical exposures to the eye

By: Tony Burda and Robert Redwood ( 4th Year Medical Student  at RUMC)

When you think of the type calls received by a Poison Control Center, you probably think of poisonings such as  a child tasting rat poison or eating several handfuls of chewable vitamins or taking several bites of a house plant. Yet, in 2008 over 113,000 calls were placed to US Poison Centers regarding ocular (eye) exposures to chemicals alone! Read more »