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The changing nature of healthcare access and poison control services

Posted: November 12th, 2013 | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Future access to poison information services:

The first poison center in the U.S. started in Chicago in 1953 with a lone pharmacist, Louis Gdalman, a stack of carefully crafted index cards and a rotary phone.  Over the ensuing years, the index cards became microfiche; microfiche became floppy discs; floppy discs became CDs.  The lone pharmacist became several pharmacists, and over time, developed into a multi-disciplinary team of physicians, pharmacists and nurses.  The phone however, has remained a constant. Read more »


Laundry Pod Poisoning in Children

Posted: July 23rd, 2013 | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

22743394_BG1For the second time in 14 months, Proctor and Gamble (P&G) has changed the packaging of Tide Pods laundry detergent packets in order to reduce the risk of pediatric poisoning with the products.  The first change was to modify the closure of the plastic tubs; the latest change is to make the packaging opaque so that curious children cannot see the colorful, candy-like contents and be tempted to open the package.

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The 21st century road to heroin town

Posted: July 16th, 2013 | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

roadAs a child, my mother and I would visit her family near the Panama Canal Zone for summer vacation, and invariably there would be stories of “Sal si puedes” – literally “leave if you can.”  Sal si puedes was the derelict and dangerous opium smoking section of Panama City in the late 1800’s and first half of the 20th century.  Legend has it the narcotic-laced smoke was so thick that people walking through that area would get a contact high and choose to stay a while; never to leave again for long.  It was a place where fortunes, dreams and futures died. Read more »


Mosquitoes, ticks and biting insects, OH MY!

Posted: June 4th, 2013 | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

mosquito_repel_DEETNow that the weather is finally warming up, we can actually see Summer approaching just around the corner. Summertime means kids out of school, days at the park and gossiping out on the porch in the late evenings. For everything good thing there is always a downside. Not only does the warm weather bring more people outdoors, but also brings out the dreaded biting, stinging insects! Read more »


Why not call it like it is?

Posted: May 28th, 2013 | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

water2Are you concerned about the toxicity and cancer causing potential of dihydrogen monoxide, also known as DHMO? What? Toxic?! Cancer causing potential?! GASP! If you have not heard of this substance, arm yourself with information at www.dhmo.org!

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National Volunteer Week

Posted: April 2nd, 2013 | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

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As a former Peace Corps Volunteer (2002-2004, Republic of Kiribati/K-29) and a mom, I’m a strong believer and supporter of “it takes a village” especially when it comes to creating safer home, play and work environments. Read more »


State Rep. Camille Y. Lilly: Why I Support the Illinois Poison Center

Posted: March 12th, 2013 | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

camille_lillyAs 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 »


What More Do We Need To Say?

Posted: February 5th, 2013 | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

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For children ages 18-36 months, poisoning is the #1 cause of injury-related hospitalization and death  

In Illinois, there are more people hospitalized for poisonings than for injuries from firearms and motor vehicle collisions combined 

9 out of 10 poisoning deaths are caused by drugs/medications

As the nation’s oldest poison center prepares to kick off its annual Illinois Poison Prevention Month (IPPM) in the month of Marchwe asked some of our most active volunteer educators to share their IPPM activities; but more importantly we asked them to explain why IPPM and the Illinois Poison Center (IPC) are so important: Read more »


Meet the IPC Experts – Part 2!

Posted: March 13th, 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Happy Illinois Poison Prevention Month

This week we continue our “Meet the IPC Experts” series with the second installment of our four part series.  Our staff of experts answered over 86,000 calls from the general public and healthcare professionals in Illinois last year. In their own words, learn more about their professional background, favorite parts of the job, most interesting cases, and even learn what they enjoy doing outside the poison center. These interviews are, interesting sincere, personal, and a bit humorous at times! We invite you to get to know your poison center experts… Read more »


Meet the Illinois Poison Center Experts!

Posted: March 6th, 2012 | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Calling the Illinois Poison Center (IPC) during an emergency can be a very stressful experience. As a parent calling about your child, your only concern is your child’s well-being; as a nurse or physician calling about a patient in your care, your focus is ensuring the best outcome for that patient. Even in a situation that requires you call to the IPC for yourself, YOU are your #1 concern.

Hysteria, panic, urgency, fear… are just some of the feelings that may take over when you call the IPC, however it’s the calming, reassuring and caring voice of the confident professional on the other line that makes the situation seem manageable. Now it’s time to  meet the people on the other side of the call, our experts! Read more »