The Four Types

What it Is

poison is any substance that is harmful or lethal to a living organism. The American Association of Poison Control Centers report 10,830 calls to Poison Centers each day.

Four Types

Inhaled- breathing in the toxic
Absorbed- passing through the skin
Ingested- poison that is swallowed
Injected- enters by bites, stings, or needles




Abdominal pain

Difficulty in breathing



Changes in heart rate patterns

Watering of the eyes


Impaired consciousness

* Complain of swelling, rashes, redness and itching of the skin if exposures to the sun

--> You should suspect poisoning if there are empty containers for medicines or chemicals near the poisoned person, or there is a strange smell present (for example, of bleach or kerosene)

First Aid Care

Take the following steps to care for a suspected poisoning emergency:

  • Ensure the scene is safe to enter
  • Check for consciousness and breathing
  • Care for life-threatening conditions
  • Collect evidence about the possible poison ask questions if the victim is conscious
  • Call the National Poison Control Center Hotline @ 1-800-222-1222
  • Follow the directions given by the Poison Control dispatcher
  • Do not give the victim anything to eat or drink unless instructed by the Poison Control dispatcher or EMS personnel.
  • Continue to monitor ABC's and care for life threatening conditions

Top Safety Tips

Top Safety Tips
  • Keep cleaning products in their original containers.
  • Always throw away old medicines and other potential poisons.
  • Read product labels to find out what can be hazardous to kids.
  • Program the number for the Poison Control Center (800-222-1222) into a phone
- See more at: http://www.safekids.org/safetytips/field_age/big-kids-5%E2%80%939-years/field_risks/poison?gclid=CL2UiaHE8boCFfFj7AodHU8AOQ#sthash.LQTkB81x.dpuf