POISONING

Kennedy Bearrentine

Description of Poinsoning:

There are 4 types of poisonings:

* Ingested Poison

* Inhaled Poison

* Absorbed Poison

* Injected Poison

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Symptoms of Poisoning:

The symptoms depend on how the poison entered the body. Some of the most common symptoms of poisoning are vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain, difficulty breathing, headaches, weakness, watering eyes, confusion, becoming unconscious, and changes in heart rate.

If the poison exposure has come into contact with the skin, the victim will experience rashes, redness, itching of the skin, and swelling.

Steps for Care:

1. Make sure the scene is safe for you to enter.

2. Check the victim for consciousness and breathing.

3. Care for life-threatening conditions.

4. Collect evidence about the poison ask questions if the victim is conscious.

5. Call the Poison Control Center Hotline. (1-800-222-1222)

6. Follow the directions the Poison Control dispatcher instructs.

7. DO NOT give the person anything to eat or drink unless instructed to do so by the Poison Control dispatcher or EMS personnel.

8. Continue to monitor the person's ABC's and care for life-threatening conditions.

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Prevention Tips:

* Always closely supervise small children, especially in areas where poisons are stored (kitchens, bathrooms, garages, etc.).

* Keep children out of the area when poisons, like cleaning products, are being used.

* Be careful using products with food/fruit shown on the label, because kids may think it's okay to ingest.

* Install child safety locks to keep small children from opening cabinets and findings poisonous products.

* Use child safety caps on all medications, chemicals, and cleaning products.

* Never call medicine "candy" to get a child to take it, even if it has a good taste.

Visit the following sites to find out more:

* www.aapcc.org/‎

* poisonhelp.hrsa.gov/

* www.nhs.uk/conditions/poisoning/