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The Poison Control Center (PCC) at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is a dedicated resource available to both families and healthcare providers throughout our community.
We perform active epidemic surveillance that allows us to identify public threats, analyze community trends, conduct injury-prevention advocacy, and monitor for potential incidents of terrorism.
There are many ways we can support you in your role as a professional in the healthcare field.
Our highly-trained Specialists in Poison Information (SPIs) can provide clinicians with practical, patient-specific poison information, connect you with other useful agencies, and perhaps reduce medicolegal risk. In some circumstances, our specialists can also assist with outpatient follow-up after a poisoning event.
We also regularly serve as a toxicological training site for pharmacy students, medical residents and fellows.
The center utilizes a dedicated network of medical toxicology consultants who make themselves available for consultation on cases requiring complex medical management input. These medical toxicologists come from several local academic institutions.
Find more information about what we need to know when someone calls with a potential poisoning exposure.
CHOP has developed a library of clinical pathways for use in medical emergencies. These task-oriented care plans detail essential steps in the care of patients with specific clinical problems and describe their expected clinical course.
Healthcare professionals can download the following treatment tips for poisoning events:
Clinicians who desire to suggest editing or content changes to the professional education materials of The Poison Control Center are encouraged to send comments to email@example.com.
The Poison Control Center offers the public information regarding poisons and poisoning, including information about potential exposure to environmental chemicals. In some instances, families or health care providers seek additional expertise and evaluation for environmental toxicology concerns. Below is a list of additional resources. Please note this list is for informational purposes only and not an official endorsement of any organizations outside of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
The federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) has created regional Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSU) to offer such expertise in children’s environmental health.
Primary care physicians with questions related to environmental exposures are encouraged to consult with a PEHSU.
Poison control centers are recognized public health entities. Sharing information with poison control centers is fully HIPAA compliant. We are happy to provide additional details and documentation if needed.
As a member of the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC), the Poison Control Center at CHOP functions as a public health authority. We seek partnerships with other public health entities and work to identify and resolve poison-related public health concerns.
Find a variety of additional resources focused on toxicology, poison control, environmental health and more, including professional associations and adverse event reporting systems.
In 2015 alone, the Poison Control Center distributed more than 27,000 educational materials to homes, schools, daycare centers, doctors' offices, health departments, hospitals and nonmedical organizations.
When you call the Poison Control Center, we will ask you a series of questions. Here's what we'll need to know so we can help.
Find treatment tips for poisoning events, clinical pathways, information about toxicology assessments, and more.