Friday, April 8, 2022

TPCN Spotlight: SPI Michael Tedder


Tell me your history with poison control and how you became a Specialist in Poison Information.

I just joined the Central Texas Poison Center at the beginning of March. For the last six years, I have worked as an ER nurse and when I saw the ope ING for the Poison Center so close to home I just felt it was the right time to make a change. 

2. I’m sure you hear a lot of interesting stories when answering calls, but what is one story that sticks out in your head that might have been scary but turned out funny, and/or everything worked out after the call. 

I really have not been involved with enough cases to have any good stories yet, but I have heard some good ones and I look forward to collecting my fair share. 

3. What do you think people need to know about the people who answer the phones for poison control?

I have seen that there is a lack of understanding by much of the general public that we are the go-to resource for poisonings and envenomations. 

4. What do you enjoy most about your job and why?

Right now I am really enjoying learning about an entirely different aspect of Healthcare and the challenges that this shift in my practice brings. 

5. Why do you think it is important for people to have poison control as a resource for emergency help?  

With the rising costs of Healthcare, and pretty much everything else, we serve as an essential resource for people experiencing a poisoning emergency. Helping to keep those who do not need to be in the emergency department at home and ensuring those resources are there for those that need them are more important than ever.

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