Specially trained toxicology experts make up the nation's oldest poison center.
“I don’t want to run to the ER or call the doctor every time I have a question. It is so nice to have a service where you get a quick, reliable and up to date answer. Being able to call any time of day and get, accurate answers that even your doctors rely on is an amazing service!”
In 1953, pharmacist Louis Gdalman established the Illinois Poison Center (IPC) as a free service to help Illinoisans deal with poison exposures. In the early years of the IPC, there were over one hundred poison centers in the state; many of them in emergency or pharmacy departments of community hospitals. The number of poison information centers dwindled through the years and in 1997, when the last poison center housed at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke was about to shut its doors, the IPC moved to the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council.
For six decades, the IPC has been a resource for the public and health care professionals alike, and a trusted voice in potentially hazardous situations. A staff of 22 pharmacists, nurses and toxicologists serve the largest single population of any poison center in the country, managing nearly 82,000 calls per year in the state.
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