Resources for Healthcare Professionals
The Kansas Poison Center is a valuable resource for health care professionals. Nearly 30% of calls to the Kansas Poison Center come from healthcare providers, including physicians, nurses, EMS providers, pharmacists and physician assistants.
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When To Call
Please call anytime for all patients with:
- Intentional overdoses
- Unintentional or accidental poisonings
- Possible snake or spider bites
- Medication errors
- Drug/antidote information or identification questions
The Kansas Poison Center is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by highly trained pharmacists and nurses who are certified as specialists in poison information. Board-certified medical and clinical toxicologists are on-call 24/7 to assist with complex cases.
We can provide expert medical consultation for both acute and chronic cases, assisting with:
- Diagnosis and prognosis
- Need for monitoring and laboratory testing
- Detailed information on antidote use
- Case management and follow-up
Patients managed with poison center expertise experience shorter hospitalizations, which helps healthcare providers improve the quality of care and decrease overall healthcare costs. See references below.
Fast and free expert help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-222-1222. All calls to the Kansas Poison Center are confidential. Patient information is protected in
compliance with HIPAA regulations.
- The Lewin Group, Inc. Final Report on the Value of the Poison Center System. Sept. 26 2012.
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