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Don’t Make Me Puke!!

Posted: April 10th, 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Why you should never ever induce vomiting

The first 5 years I worked at the IPC, I was a CSPI and answered calls from the general public and health care professionals.  I would always joke with my fellow CSPIs that we used the word ‘vomit’ more times in a day than most people probably do in a lifetime:  “Has he had any vomiting?”  “Symptoms to watch for include vomiting…”  “How many times did she vomit?”  “If you see excessive vomiting, call us back” and, the most pertinent to this post, “DO NOT induce vomiting”. Read more »


New Illinois Law Expands Allergy Treatment Options in Schools

Posted: November 8th, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

How you would like your child’s school year to start out something like this: It is a typical day during lunchtime at the local elementary school cafeteria.  A kindergartner with a severe peanut allergy trades lunch with a friend.  Little does he know, the shared cookie contains peanut butter. The child develops a red rash, swelling around the eyes and has some trouble breathing within minutes of eating the cookie.  Pretty scary, right? The good news, schools are now better equipped to deal with life-threatening allergic reactions such as this thanks to the passage of new legislation which allows the stocking and administration of epinephrine auto-injectors (commonly referred to as Epi-pens™) in Illinois schools. Read more »