A Week of Poison Prevention

By EGPNews Staff Report

This is National Poison Prevention Week and health officials from the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) are urging everyone, especially parents, to raise their awareness about this commonly encountered danger.

“Emergency physicians see poisonings every day in the ER,” said David Seaberg, MD, and president of ACEP. “Parents in particular should be alert to those items that might entice a child to put something in their mouth. Children act fast and so do poisons.”

Established in 1961, National Position Prevention Week’s main goal is to create national awareness about the risk of injury and death caused by poisonings.

Though child-resistant packaging on medicines and hazardous products paired with a prohibition of lead-based paint has helped eliminate sources of potential poisonings, emerging dangers like pest control products, prescription medicine abuse and small button batteries, have again reignited the need for increased awareness, according to ACEP.

Four million calls from around the country were made to fifty-seven poison control centers last year alone.

To decrease the likelihood of accidental poisoning, lock up medicines and cleaning supplies in a location out of the reach of small children and only use rat and mouse control household products that are contained in a tamper-resistant bait station to. Also, ask houseguests and visitors to keep purses, bags or coats that have medicines in them up and away and out of sight when they are in your home.

Call your local poison center right away if a battery is missing from a toy or other household items.  A swallowed button battery can be deadly for a child.

The national Poison Help Line is 1-800-222-1222, a number officials recommend having immediately accessible, be it through a cell phone contact or a on note by a land line.

For more information, visit the PPWC website at www.poisonprevention.org.

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March 22, 2012  Copyright © 2012 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.

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