The Role of Poison Centres in Basic and Clinical Toxicology
Issues Relevant to Toxicology
Published Online: 15 DEC 2009
Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. All rights reserved.
General, Applied and Systems Toxicology
How to Cite
Hall, A. H. and Bismuth, C. 2009. The Role of Poison Centres in Basic and Clinical Toxicology. General, Applied and Systems Toxicology. .
- Published Online: 15 DEC 2009
Poison Centres have a variety of roles in both basic and clinical toxicology, regardless of the general model followed—telephone consultation either with healthcare professionals only, or with both healthcare professionals and the general public. First and foremost, Poison Centres provide telephone consultations on acute poisoning exposures to include product and/or ingredient identification and information, expected clinical signs and symptoms, probability of developing toxicity and potential severity, recommendations for decontamination when appropriate, and treatment recommendations. Telephone follow-up of cases is an important activity. In addition, many Poison Centres are involved in a variety of other activities, such as education of healthcare professionals and the public, poison prevention and Poison Centre awareness activities, basic and clinical toxicology research, systematic poison exposure/poisoning data collection, and dealing with chronic toxicity, exotoxicity and animal poison exposures/poisonings.
- Poison Centres;
- Poisons Units;
- Poison Control Centres;
- poison information services;
- poison prevention;
- poison education;
- toxicology centres;
- Academic Clinical Toxicology Centres