Navigation Links
American Association of Poison Control Centers: Count U.S. Poison Centers Among First Responders in H1N1 Flu Pandemic

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The same reassuring voice on the telephone line when you fear you've had a poison emergency may be the same person answering your questions about the H1N1 flu pandemic.

The nation's 60 poison centers are among the first responders helping America respond to H1N1, with states putting their poison centers to work in a variety of ways.

A few examples:

  • Florida's three poison control centers have been assisting the Florida Department of Health by answering the state's H1N1 hotline for health care providers since Oct. 1. The state's health department, meanwhile, runs a separate hotline for the public. On Oct. 15th, Florida's poison centers expanded to 24-hour service for the health care practitioner's hotline and also began accepting calls from the public about adverse reactions to the H1N1 vaccine. The state's H1N1 hotline automatically forwards all health care practitioner calls and adverse vaccine reaction calls to Florida's poison centers.
  • A Tennessee Department of Health H1N1 hotline staffed by the Tennessee Poison Center fields about 150 calls per day, with fewer calls on the weekend. That hotline, which the poison center started staffing Sept. 15, takes calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week, but most calls come during business hours. The H1N1 hotline, which has its own toll free number, is available to the public, health care providers and local health departments.
  • The Kentucky Regional Poison Center has been running an H1N1 hotline for about three weeks. In the beginning, poison center staff fielded about 600 calls a day - one day they took 800 calls - but now they're receiving about 200 to 240 a day.
  • The Central Texas Poison Center as well as the five other poison centers that make up the Texas Poison Center Network are currently monitoring calls related to adverse reactions to the H1N1 vaccine. The Texas centers are sharing information about any reactions to the vaccine with the Texas Department of State Health Services. With the help of their colleagues in El Paso at the West Texas Regional Poison Center as well as other Spanish- speaking specialists in the state, the Texas Poison Center Network provides all of their services in both English and Spanish.
  • The Northern New England Poison Center has been helping field calls about the virus after hours to support the state health department. That center is also helping manage Maine's antiviral and personal protective equipment stockpiles.
  • The Illinois Poison Center became the latest poison center to start fielding H1N1 calls, partnering with the Illinois Department of Public Health to staff the state hotline beginning Tuesday, Oct. 27.

"Poison centers are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week with medical professionals who are ready to serve the health care needs of individuals seeking assistance," said Jim Hirt, executive director of the American Association of Poison Control Centers. "It's a natural fit for already-established poison centers and their infrastructure to answer calls from concerned citizens in this fight against the H1N1 flu pandemic."

The American Association of Poison Control Centers supports the nation's poison control centers in their efforts to prevent poisoning. Poison centers offer free and confidential services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For questions about potential poisons, call your local poison control center at 1 (800) 222-1222.

SOURCE American Association of Poison Control Centers

SOURCE American Association of Poison Control Centers
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. American Cancer Society calls for new strategies to monitor exposure to environmental carcinogens
2. African American Office of Gay Concerns (AAOGC) To Launch Status Is Everything HIV Testing Campaign
3. New Poll Shows Americans Want Medical Liability Reform
4. The American Medical Money Machine, the Destruction of Healthcare in America and the Rise of Medical Tourism, a New Book by James R. Goldberg
5. Nutrisystem and the American Diabetes Association Form a Strategic Alliance to Promote the Importance of Weight Loss for People With Type 2 Diabetes
6. Study finds delay in follow-up among African-American women receiving abnormal breast finding
7. American Academy of Ophthalmology President leads alliance work to rebuild health care in Iraq
8. LAs BEST Teams Up With American Chemistry Council to Educate Kids About the Benefits of a Healthy Lifestyle and a Healthy Environment
9. American Cancer Society Stands By Cancer Screening Guidelines
10. Dr. Philip Katz Elected President of the American College of Gastroenterology
11. Press alert for American Society of Nephrologys 42nd Annual Meeting and Scientific Exposition
Post Your Comments:
(Date:10/13/2015)... ... 13, 2015 , ... Element Blue ™, a leading ... company, RightSensor™ LLC, an Internet of Things (IoT) hardware supplier that delivers custom ... approach for customers requiring sensor hardware for critical data environments. , RightSensor™, working ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... CA (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2015 , ... Dr. ... by Medical New Today on September 18, 2015. The research, which was conducted at ... Dr. Wael Sabbah and colleagues, show connections between stress during pregnancy and future dental ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... ... ... A child without a healthy mouth is much more likely to have an ... has joined with Global Dental Relief (GDR) to help bring dental care ... SmileCareClub will donate one clinic visit to a child in Kenya. , “When SmileCareClub ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... ... October 13, 2015 , ... Altec ... their Title Sponsorship of Synergy 2015. The annual WennSoft KEY2ACT user conference will ... Ranch and will unite customers, partners, WennSoft team members and sponsors to facilitate ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2015 , ... ... in McHenry County, Illinois with more than 59,000 emergency department visits per year, ... system (EDIS) from T-System, to help improve clinical, operational and financial outcomes. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/13/2015)... 2015  The spine division of Zimmer Biomet (NYSE ... will showcase its portfolio of innovative clinical solutions and ... meeting, October 14-17, 2015, in Chicago ... events: "Supplemental MIS Fixation Options for LLIF" ... 12:30 – 1 p.m. --> "Supplemental MIS ...
(Date:10/13/2015)...  Human Longevity, Inc. (HLI), the genomics-based, technology-driven company ... the launch of the company,s first Health Nucleus, a ... to transform healthcare. The inaugural Health Nucleus is located ... HLI,s headquarters facility. More Health Nucleus facilities are slated ... cities. --> --> ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... Oct. 13, 2015  Synapse Biomedical Inc. ( ... Study (PAS) studying the use of the NeuRx ® ... to enroll patients. the United States ... FDA market-approved criteria. The PAS study group met their ... The study has since expanded the enrollment target to ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: