EMS, Emergency Medical Service, is much more than a ride to the hospital. It is a system of coordinated response and emergency medical care, involving multiple people and agencies. It is activated by a call for help, usually by a call to 911, after an incident of serious illness or injury.
The Illinois Poison Center (IPC) is proud to be an active partner with EMS for toxicology related cases, when necessary, 24/7/365! No matter the severity of the case, the EMS/IPC team work together to guarantee the highest quality and speed of care. Sometimes the case is extremely serious and the timing of care is a matter of life or death:
Saturday, 7:00pm – A paramedic called the IPC while en route to an ER (via ambulance):