Through its call center services, the IPC seeks to improve the quality of patient outcomes, decrease the number of unnecessary emergency room visits, and allow for better use of health care resources. The IPC’s staff of specially trained physicians, pharmacists and nurses is available 24/7 to provide specialized toxicology consultation services on cases involving toxic substances every day of the year.
As part of its public health mission, the IPC educates practicing healthcare professionals as well as those in training. The IPC provides didactic and experiential education pharmacy and medical students, residents and fellows in conjuction with the Toxikon Consortium. Over 200 students and residents receive training in the IPC each year, and hundreds of others are provided lectures and presentations.
Throughout the state, schools of pharmacy and nursing programs have integrated the online education in the Poison Prevention Education Course and Resource Center as an easy, efficient way to educate their students re: how U.S. Poison Centers can help them professionally and personally, the importance of poison prevention and to give them the information necessary to teach these concepts to their patients, customers and service area. For more information on how you can integrate the Poison Prevention Education course into your program’s curriculum, please contact Vickie Dance, Public Education Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This section of the IPC Web site contains clinical information to help health care professionals in the treatment of poisoning exposures, and materials to help prepare for potential mass-casualty events.