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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.




What they are saying about the IPC-Health Ca...

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What They Are Saying about the Illinois Poison Center…


“The IPC staff helps medical staff deal with situations from patients ingesting household chemicals to overdose and drug interactions situations. It would take me an hour to look up the materials needed to treat patients who suffer from poisoning situations. This service saves lives and allows me to be with other patients. I have nothing but good things to say about the IPC.”

-Dr. Joseph Brawka, Vista Health System


“I’ve been using the Illinois Poison Center since my residency in 2000. Whenever a patient comes into the ED and there are signs of overdose or toxic ingestion, the first thing I do is call the Illinois Poison Center.  {IPC} is amazing with their follow-up from when a patient is admitted to when they are released. I think it is good medical practice to always get the IPC involved. [A few years ago we were treating] a very critical patient.  The IPC was an invaluable resource no doubt helped to save the patient’s life. I enjoy educating a patient or a parent about the IPC when they come into the ED. We always keep a stock of IPC magnets and stickers in the emergency department – I think it is excellent for ongoing education.”

 -Dr. Jason Bredenkamp, Rockford Memorial


“The IPC has always been a reliable resource providing advice over the phone and faxing antidote protocols; their consultation about pediatric ingestions is comprehensive and especially appreciated as single dose ingestions could prove to be fatal in toddlers”

-Dr. Steve Christos, Resurrection Hospital


“I’ve been using the IPC for 3 years. My life as a clinician would be impacted in a serious way if the poison center was not available. My most memorable case that involved the IPC was when they helped me mange a patient that had been admitted for a Tylenol overdose that had caused liver damage.”  -

-Dr. John Martini, Our Lady of Resurrection


“When I work at the West Suburban Hospital ED I consult the IPC for all of our ingestions. Everyone is always polite, informative, and they are thorough in their follow up. I always receive a phone call back. They are in an invaluable resource for me in my practice. The real benefit is for the patient though. I couldn’t live without them.”

-Dr. Scott Sherman, West Suburban Hospital

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