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Meet the IPC Experts – Finale!!

Posted: March 27th, 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

We’ve come to the final segment of our four-part “Meet the IPC Expert” series. Our staff of experts answered over 86,000 calls from the general public and healthcare professionals in Illinois last year. In their own words, learn about their professional background, favorite parts of the job, most interesting cases, and even learn what they enjoy doing outside the poison center. These interviews are interesting, sincere, personal and at times, a bit humorous! We invite you to get to know your poison center experts… Read more »


Meet the IPC Experts! – Part 3

Posted: March 20th, 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

It’s National Poison Prevention Week!!

This week we continue our “Meet the IPC Experts” series with the third installment of our four part series.  Our staff of experts answered over 86,000 calls from the general public and healthcare professionals in Illinois last year. In their own words, learn more about their professional background, favorite parts of the job, most interesting cases, and even learn what they enjoy doing outside the poison center. These interviews are interesting sincere, personal and a bit humorous at times! We invite you to get to know your poison center experts… Read more »


Meet the IPC Experts – Part 2!

Posted: March 13th, 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Happy Illinois Poison Prevention Month

This week we continue our “Meet the IPC Experts” series with the second installment of our four part series.  Our staff of experts answered over 86,000 calls from the general public and healthcare professionals in Illinois last year. In their own words, learn more about their professional background, favorite parts of the job, most interesting cases, and even learn what they enjoy doing outside the poison center. These interviews are, interesting sincere, personal, and a bit humorous at times! We invite you to get to know your poison center experts… Read more »


What’s That “Chirping” Sound??

Posted: March 12th, 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

The “chirping” you hear this spring may not be the birds outside your window

 

One day you’re awakened by the sound of your smoke alarm with no signs of smoke or gas leaks, what do you do? This “chirping” or “beeping” sound could possibly be a sign that your detector has a low battery.  After changing the battery, it is important to check the test alarm.

But what does it mean if after changing batteries, the test alarm is not functioning? If your detector was installed over 10 years ago it is possible that your detector has passed its expiration date.  Hard to believe, but just like milk, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors can go bad over time. Read more »


Meet the Illinois Poison Center Experts!

Posted: March 6th, 2012 | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Calling the Illinois Poison Center (IPC) during an emergency can be a very stressful experience. As a parent calling about your child, your only concern is your child’s well-being; as a nurse or physician calling about a patient in your care, your focus is ensuring the best outcome for that patient. Even in a situation that requires you call to the IPC for yourself, YOU are your #1 concern.

Hysteria, panic, urgency, fear… are just some of the feelings that may take over when you call the IPC, however it’s the calming, reassuring and caring voice of the confident professional on the other line that makes the situation seem manageable. Now it’s time to  meet the people on the other side of the call, our experts! Read more »