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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 »


Could Grandma Be a Toxicologist ?

Posted: June 8th, 2010 | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

By Erin Pallasch, PharmD and IPC call center specialist

We all know that when something really frightening happens to a child, the first person we are most likely to turn to for advice is Grandma.  Whether it is our real grandmother or a friend/relative surrogate grandmother, she is always available with soothing words and the best advice that she has been doling out since we were babies ourselves. But while Grandma always has the best intentions, and is great to help calm us down, is Grandma really a poison specialist? Read more »


May S.O.I. R.I.P. (May Syrup of Ipecac Rest in Peace)

Posted: March 30th, 2010 | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

By Tony, and guest blogger Lisa Klodnicki

During the past 10-15 years, the use of syrup of ipecac (SOI) to induce vomiting as a treatment for poisoning has fallen out of favor.  The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that SOI “should no longer be used routinely as a poison treatment intervention in the home” and that everyone should safely dispose of any SOI currently in their homes.  The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) similarly published a position statement which recommended SOI use only under very limited, restricted circumstances.  This change of direction has come about for several reasons, including the fact that no studies demonstrate beneficial outcomes from its use, the risk for serious complications if SOI is given for the wrong indication, and the potential for serious toxicity with chronic misuse and abuse by patients with bulimia or other appetite disorders.  Statistics compiled by the AAPCC reveal that SOI was administered in 15% of all poisonings reported in 1985, while the incidence of its use has dramatically declined to 0.0484% in 2008. Read more »