IPC keeps the public safe from poisoning harm. Our expert-led helpline provides treatment recommendations to the public and healthcare providers.
With our dedicated team of experts, IPC saves lives and improves patient care. IPC has a critical role in the health and well-being of residents across the Illinois. We save Illinoisans $60 million annually by preventing unnecessary utilization of healthcare resources.
About 41% of poison exposure calls involve children ages 5 or younger, totaling nearly 30,000 pediatric exposures. IPC’s helpline experts resolved 90% of the poison exposure calls from the public over the phone, eliminating the need for a referral to a healthcare facility. This high success rate prevented an estimated 30,000 emergency department visits in 2019.
Medical professionals throughout Illinois turn to IPC for specialized consultation services in the management of poisoned patients. Healthcare professionals called the IPC on:
The top three substances involved in exposures reported to IPC are analgesics, sedative hypnotic/antipsychotic drugs and cleaning substances. Here’s the complete list of top substances involved in exposures in 2019:
See our 2019 fact sheet and our 2018 fact sheet.
Our course covers poison prevention in seven short lessons and quizzes. It offers continuing education credit and free IPC giveaways.
IPC resources empower parents, teachers and public officials to prevent poisonings.
It happens often. Children eat something they shouldn’t have. Get expert advice on what to do next.