EMERGENCY ACTION FOR POISONINGFIRST STEPS AFTER AN ACCIDENTAL EXPOSURE
What Do I Do?
- REMAIN CALM
- For UNCONSCIOUS patients, CONVULSIONS, or any DIFFICULTY BREATHING, call 9-1-1.
- Otherwise call the Poison Control Center TOLL FREE NUMBER.
Information the Poison Center Specialist Will Need
- AGE and WEIGHT of the person.
- WHAT was ingested. Have the bottle or container with you.
- HOW MUCH was taken. This will help the Poison Center Specialist determine the severity of the incident.
- HOW the victim is feeling or acting right now.
- Your NAME and PHONE number.
EYE - Flood the eye with lukewarm water Repeat for 15 minutes. Encourage patient to blink while flushing the eye. Do not force the eyelid open.
SWALLOWED MEDICINE - Do not give anything by mouth until calling for advice
CHEMICAL OR HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS - Unless patient is unconscious, having convulsions, or cannot swallow - give a small amount of water. Then call for professional advice to find out if patient should be made to vomit. Do NOT induce vomiting unless recommended by your physician or the Poison Center.
INHALED - Immediately get patient to fresh air. Avoid breathing fumes. Open doors and windows. If victim is not breathing, call for help and start assisted (mouth-to-mouth) breathing.
SKIN - Remove contaminated clothing and flood skin with water for 15 minutes. Then wash gently with soap and water and rinse.
California Poison Control System
1-800-222-1222. . Anytime, Anyplace in California
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