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Outdoor Summer Safety

Posted: June 28th, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Temperatures are warm, the sun is shining and kids are out of school.  Summertime is “outside time”, so read on for tips to keep your family safe while outdoors!

Plants and Mushrooms

Learn the names of all the plants in your garden and landscaping, and label them with both their common and botanical names (tip: bring a cut of the plant/flower to your local nursery or greenhouse if you don’t know what you have).  Consult the IPC’s toxic plant list to help plan your garden, especially if you have little ones. Teach children to never eat mushrooms or berries growing outside. Read more »


When Seconds Feel Like Hours…What Will You Do?

Posted: May 3rd, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

What would you do if you contacted the poison center during an emergency and your call went unanswered for minutes… if not longer?

Here are some real life cases, that offer just a tiny sample of the types of calls the Illinois Poison Center handles everyday: Read more »


Answering the call in a public health emergency

Posted: March 29th, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the Mr. Yuk and the limitation of the symbol.  Poison centers embrace their traditional service in helping mothers and other care givers care their little loved ones when they may have ingested a potentially harmful substance; 50% of the calls that the Illinois Poison Center receives involve children 5 and under.  Poison centers however do so much more. Read more »


IPC: Providing Toxicology Consults in Illinois

Posted: March 15th, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »
Cardiologist:  a specialist in the structure and function and disorders of the heart
Neurologist:  a medical specialist in the nervous system and the disorders affecting it
Nephrologist: a physician who specializes in diseases of the kidneys.
Medical Toxicologist: a specialist on the care of patients exposed to potentially hazardous or poisonous substances

The practice of medicine is an increasingly complex academic discipline, and much like raising a family, sometimes it ‘takes a village’ of specialists to provide the best, most timely care available.  Read more »