Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Texas Poison Center Network: What You Need to Know

Welcome to the blog spot for the Texas Poison Center Network! Here you will find fun facts, myth-busters and general information that could help you if you ever find yourself dealing with an exposure to a toxin or poison. The Texas Poison Center Network was established in 1993 to help provide emergency treatment information to the citizens of Texas for poisonings or toxic exposures.

Most individuals are aware that when they are in an emergency, they should dial 9-1-1. But did you know that if you have an exposure to a poisoning, you can get help just as quickly by dialing the free hotline (1-800-222-1222) and speaking with a certified specialist? Here is what you need to know about poison control centers and how they can help you:

·         By dialing 1-800-222-1222, you have access to a network of nurses, pharmacists, paramedics, and physicians who have extensive education, training and expertise in the field of toxicology.

·         The network is composed of six geographically diverse poison centers residing in host hospitals, linked by a sophisticated telecommunications network. When calling this FREE service, a person will have the opportunity to speak directly to a health care professional trained in various aspects of toxicology and poison control and preventions.

·         Even if it is not an emergency but you are still looking for information on poisonings, please feel free to call the poison hotline. Our specialists are not only specially trained to handle poison emergencies but also to provide information that can help prevent a possible poisoning.

The poison control network can help with many issues including drug, medical, occupational, prevention/safety, and environmental information. So if you are unsure if you can take two different types of medications together, you can call us. If you are exposed to a chemical or have accidently ingested a poisonous product then please call us. The Texas Poison Center Network is here to help! Write this number down and keep it near your phone: 1-800-222-1222. Even better yet, take the time to program the number into your phone now! It’s a free service that can potentially save your life.

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