- A mom called, she is visiting her friend (who uses e-cigarettes) and found her 2 year old sucking the liquid out of the E-cigarette device.
- An adult caller was using a Brillo pad to clean a stain on his underwear. As a result of vigorously scrubbing, some of the Brillo cleanser flew into his eye.
- A 2 year old girl was playing in mom’s dresser and squirted perfume into her eyes.
- An adult female patient presented to the ER with severely blistered hands. The patient recently purchased some ‘all natural’ household cleaner, and she assumed since all the ingredients were all-natural it would be safe to use to disinfect her hands. The product’s ingredients, while natural, were caustic and caused chemical burns.
- While visiting his grandparents, a 2 year old was found chewing on a discarded lidocaine patch he had found in the garbage.
- A school nurse called because one of her students had been dared to swallow 5 pieces of nicotine gum. The student feels very shaky and nauseated.
- A toddler bit into a bath bead.
- A school nurse called because a 9 year old student was chewing on a gel pen and it exploded in his mouth.
- A 3 year old was playing with a can of ant and roach killer and sprayed some into his mouth.
- An 8 month old dumped a container of cornstarch baby powder on his head. He may have gotten some in his eyes and/or mouth.
- An ER called about a farmer who came to them with difficulty breathing from “the gas that comes off green corn”.
- A 5 year old licked his hands after mom squirted melon scented hand sanitizer on his hands before lunch.
- A 2 year old got into children’s Tylenol chewables and ingested up to 23 tablets.
- A 2 year old ingested a swallow of household bleach.
***IPC specialists also made 10 calls to homes and hospitals to follow up on the clinical course of patients we had been previously consulted on.
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