Wednesday, March 17, 2010

A Day in the Life of a Poison Center

Blogging buddy Tony Chen (formerly of Hospital Impact) sent me this link and the following note:

I just wanted to send along a cool/important link that you might be interested in. The Illinois Poison Center did a unique "behind the scenes" look into the type of calls they get on a daily basis, culminating in this post "A Day in the Life of a Poison Center." There are lots of crazy/interesting/important/funny things in here (what DOES one do when a 2yo accidentally takes his grandfather's viagra?!)

Anyway, just thought I'd pass it along. So many of the calls these guys get (about half of their 100,000 calls per year, actually) are from clinicians working in hospitals leaning on their expertise. It's amazing to think about how many ER visits are avoided because of the poison hotline.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very scary, strange and reali life stuff in here. They do great work! Thanks for sharing.

Ross said...

The Maryland Poison Center is regularly featured in the editorial content of the MedicCast, a EMS/Para-medicine oriented podcast.