Poison Treatment

Sometimes, in spite of all precautions, poisonings happen. When they do occur, immediate medical attention becomes critical. While emergency room physicians are certainly well versed in the treatment of poisonings, sometimes all the information and treatment that's necessary is just a phone call away—through one of the nation's 60 poison centers.

When a victim is unconscious, having seizures, or experiencing difficulty breathing, call 9-1-1 immediately. Otherwise, if the poisoning involves a medication, contact Poison Control as soon as possible at (800) 222-1222 (they're available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week).

Be prepared to answer the following questions if possible:

Unless you are instructed to do so, do not administer anything by mouth. Poison Control can provide you with immediate recommendations for treatment.

If the poison exposure involves a household product or chemical, first administer emergency first aid treatment and then call Poison Control. If more than one adult is available to help, one should call Poison Control while the other provides first aid.

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