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In an Emergency

1. Call the Poison Center Helpline (1-800-222-1222) if you or another person have been exposed to something that might cause an unwanted and/or unexpected reaction.


2. Remain calm - the majority of poison emergencies can be resolved quickly; over the phone


3. Call 9-1-1 if the person is unconscious or has difficulty breathing.




Information for Health Care Professionals

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Through its call center services, the IPC seeks to improve the quality of patient outcomes, decrease the number of unnecessary emergency room visits, and allow for better use of health care resources. The IPC’s staff of specially trained physicians, pharmacists and nurses is available 24/7 to provide specialized toxicology consultation services on cases involving toxic substances every day of the year.


As part of its public health mission, the IPC educates practicing healthcare professionals as well as those in training. The IPC provides  didactic and experiential education pharmacy and medical students, residents and fellows  in conjuction with the Toxikon Consortium.   Over 200 students and residents receive training in the IPC each year, and hundreds of others are provided lectures and presentations.


Throughout the state, schools of nursing and pharmacy have integrated the online education in the Poison Prevention Resource Center as an easy, efficient way to educate their students on the importance of poison prevention and to give them the information necessary to teach these concepts to the patients they serve now and in the future.  For more information on how you can integrate the Poison Prevention Education course into your program’s curriculum, please contact Vickie Dance, Public Education Manager at


This section of the IPC Web site contains clinical information to help health care professionals in the treatment of poisoning exposures, and materials to help prepare for potential mass-casualty events.  



















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