The Illinois Poison Center (IPC) receives over 90,000 poison-related calls from the public and health care providers around the state every year. Individually, each call is important to us and to the caller looking for information and advice. Collectively however, the IPC calls become the database for hazardous exposures for the state of Illinois. There is no other database like it in our designated area. Read more »
Have you ever wondered about the vital role poison centers play in enhancing health care in America? This week’s blog post is a contribution from the President of the American Association of Poison Control Centers, Richard Dart MD, PhD, FACEP, FACMT. In his most recent President’s Message, Dr. Dart focused on the value of poison centers. We invite our readers to get a firsthand look into the state of poison centers in this country. This article will surely put the importance of poison centers into perspective. Enjoy and as always we look forward to your comments.
The End or the Beginning?
At the end of 2010, the state of New York, citing budgetary issues, closed three of its five poison centers, leaving the Upstate New York Poison Center and the New York City Poison Control Center behind to offer poison center coverage for the entire state. Read more »
Hopefully you’re not home reading our blog with thermometer in mouth, feet soaking in hot water, lemon tea brewing on the stove, fighting off the nasty bug that you or your kids picked up at work or school – but it is indeed winter, the time of year when so many of us suffer the miserable effects of the common cold or flu. Naturally, the use of a variety of non-prescription pain-relievers, fever-reducers, and cough/cold remedies goes up dramatically during the cold season, so it shouldn’t surprise you that the number of accidental poisonings and adverse drug reactions to these products does as well, especially among children. In 2009, the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) reported a whopping total of 88,355 cases in the US involving cough and cold medications (CCMs); 46% involving children younger than 5 years old. Read more »
So it seems we find ourselves coming upon the dead of winter-the holidays are over and spring seems light years away. You may recall in August we posted a piece entitled “Hot Summer Days and Medications: A Recipe for Heat Stroke” So we decided to do a companion piece dealing with cold weather injuries which are hypothermia and frostbite. No, this is not just another story about what to do when your child on a dare licks a metal lamp post on a very cold day. Extreme cold must be taken very seriously. Read more »