Published on March 16, 2015

Poisoning is More Common Than You Think

PELLA, Iowa –March 15-21 is National Poison Prevention Week. The week is a time to raise awareness on what to do in case of poisoning.

More than two million poisonings are reported each year to the nation’s 57 poison centers, and more than 90 percent of these poisonings occur in the home. While the majority of nonfatal poisonings occur in children younger than six years old,
poisoning fatalities are one of the leading causes of unintentional injury in adults.

“If you suspect poisoning, call the poison experts at the national hotline, 1-800-222-1222,” said Carla Chow, director of the emergency department at Pella Regional Health Center. “If you do need immediate medical care, it’s very important that you bring the product container with you.”

If the hotline advises you to come to the emergency department, Pella Regional’s staff will also get a phone call in order to be prepared. The poison experts work with hospital staff, talking with physicians about the suspected poison and potential medical treatments.

For more information on poison prevention, visit www.iowapoison.org.