As a father of three young children, I’ve seen my children get into most everything around the house. Young children’s curiosity can often put them at risk for exposure to a potentially harmful substance. In fact, close to 49 percent of all calls to the Illinois Poison Center (IPC) are regarding children 5 years of age and under. Read more »
A comatose 53 year female is found on the floor surrounded by 6 empty pill bottles. She is brought to a local emergency department for treatment. The physician examines the patient and then reaches for the phone . . .
A police officer pulls over a car that has been weaving on the roadway. In the car, there is a baggie of unmarked pills and the officer wonders if they are the cause of the erratic driving. He pulls out his cell phone . . .
A paramedic in a rural area picks up someone who just drank windshield wiper fluid. He wonders what sort of symptoms might develop in the 30 minute transport to the hospital. He picks up the phone and calls . . .
Illinois State Law Enforcement would like regular reports on the epidemic of synthetic drugs in Illinois. They reach for the phone and dial . . .
These are just a few of the reasons people and organizations call the Illinois Poison Center. The IPC is a first responder that provides critical, needed information at the point of care, whether it is a frantic care-giver or an experienced emergency department physician looking for help with a complex, critically ill poisoned patient.
As the Representative for Illinois’ 78th House District, I am proud to sponsor House Bill 1403 which protects the state’s investment in the Illinois Poison Center (IPC). The IPC provides critical services for Illinois’s citizens, providing poison prevention education and expert medical advice to both health care providers and the public, as well as acting as a first responder during public health emergencies. I have also seen, first-hand, the impact the IPC has on our state’s health care safety net through my work at Loretto Hospital on Chicago’s west side. Read more »
Young children are most vulnerable to the health effects of lead, a toxic metal that has been used in a variety of household and commercial products. Despite continued declines in the numbers of children affected, lead poisoning remains one of the most common preventable pediatric injuries.
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