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What should I do if a poison occurs?

 

What you do in the first few seconds following a poisoning can mean the difference between life and death. Follow these steps for poisoning:

 

Swallowed Poisons:

  1. Call the STPC at 1-800-222-1222
  2. PoisonHelp 1-800-222-1222 Do not give salt, vinegar, lemon juice or any other substance unless advised to do so by the Poison Center or a doctor.

Inhaled Poisons:

  1. Get victim to fresh air.
  2. Call the STPC at 1-800-222-1222

Poisons on the Skin:

  1. Remove contaminated clothing and flood skin with water for 10 minutes.
  2. Call the STPC at 1-800-222-1222

Poisons in the Eye

  1. Flood the eye with lukewarm water poured from a container 2-4 inches from the eye for 15 minutes.
  2. Call the STPC at 1-800-222-1222

 

DO NOT attempt to make anyone throw-up unless advised to do so
by the Poison Center, emergency department or physician.

 

 

 

 
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