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March 18-24 is Poison Prevention Week

By: Scott & White Healthcare Press Release
By: Scott & White Healthcare Press Release

Scott & White supports Poison Prevention Week
Free resources that help communities save on costs and peace of mind

TEMPLE, Texas — (March 18, 2013) The Central Texas Poison Center at Scott & White Healthcare in Temple supports National Poison Prevention Week from March 18-24 by promoting community awareness of basic household poison hazards and how to prevent and treat poisoning at home.

As one of the six poison centers in the Texas Poison Center Network, the Central Texas Poison Center at Scott & White continues to be a valuable resource to answer any poison emergency or poison related questions from bugs to drugs.

“It can be costly and stressful to make a visit to the emergency room, but we can help avoid that,” said Jennifer Watson, community education specialist for the Central Texas Poison Center. “Each year we save people thousands of dollars and offer priceless peace of mind by providing the information needed to treat some of the basic and most frequently seen poisonings at home.”

More than 90 percent of poisoning instances can be managed without having to make a visit to the emergency room. The most commonly reported home poisonings reports received by the center include unintentional misuse of pain killers, ingestion or inhalation of household cleaners, and ingestion of personal care products, such as cosmetics, by young children.

Here are some basic tips to avoid a potential poisoning in your home:
· Talk to children about the dangers of chemicals, medicines, and other products in order to remove that natural curiosity factor. Keep all products locked up in a high location _“out of sight, out of mind”.
· Get rid of prescription medications as soon as you are finished using them. You may call the Poison Center for tips and instructions for properly disposing of medications.
· Check your carbon monoxide detectors every 6 months and replace the batteries.
· Button batteries are used in many household items. Keep these devices away from children. If swallowed, seek emergency treatment immediately.
· Start an annual “Home Safety Day” in your neighborhood. Go through each room of the home and make sure there are no poisoning dangers. Poisoning in children under the age of 6 accounts for about half of the calls placed to poison centers.
· Do you have questions? Not sure if it’s an emergency? Always remember when in doubt, call the Poison Center toll free at 1-800-222-1222, where a specially trained pharmacist, medical doctor, or registered nurse is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist with any questions.
· Request a free presentation and or free materials at www.poisoncontrol.org.


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