When Should I Call Poison Control?

Poison Control is an invaluable resource that could save a life in your household!

When you hear the word poison, you may envision a mad scientist's lab, the villain in your favorite mystery novel, or a large and obvious skull and crossbones label. In reality, most poisons will be a little more subtle. Normal household items can easily become poisonous if they are consumed or used improperly. When the situation isn't so black and white, Poison Control is a trustworthy and free source of information and advice.

Always Err on the Side of Caution
There's no reason to hesitate if you even slightly suspect that a hazardous substance has been ingested. As long as you have a genuine concern, nothing is too small to warrant a call. Remember, being told that everything is fine and no further action is needed is your best case scenario! It's not a reason to feel embarrassed for your worries. 

You Can Call for People of Any Age
Some people see poison control as a service for parents or caregivers of small children, but poisonings can happen to anyone. Don't be afraid to call for yourself, your spouse, or an adult friend.

You Don't Need to See Symptoms before You Call
If you know or suspect a hazardous substance has been consumed, call right away – even if the patient seems absolutely fine in the moment. 

Always keep Poison Control's contact information on hand: 1-800-222-1222. If they advise seeking emergency medical care, you can know you're in good hands at the Medical Center Arlington. Learn more about our emergency services online or call 1-855-868-6262 for a physician referral.

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