Emergency Action for Poisoning


SWALLOWED POISONS:
Medicines: Do not give anything by mouth until you call the Poison Center.
Non medicines: If patient is conscious and can swallow, give a small amount of milk or water, then call the Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222.

image of a person drinking poison

INHALED POISON:
Immediately get the person to fresh air.  Avoid breathing fumes. Call 1-800-222-1222.

image of a person inhaling poison

POISON ON THE SKIN:
Remove contaminated clothing and flood skin with water for 10 minutes. Call 1-800-222-1222.

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POISON IN THE EYE:
Rinse eyes with lukewarm water for 15-20 minutes. Call 1-800-222-1222.

image of an irritated eye

INSECT BITES:
Remove stinger when applicable.
Call the Poison Center 1-800-222-1222. If patient develops breathing problems, or rash, call 911.

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VENOMOUS SNAKE BITES:
Remove any jewelry.  Do not cut and try to extract the venom.  Do not use ice or a tourniquet.  Do not try to capture the snake. Call the Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 for instructions then go to the nearest hospital.

image of a snake ready to strike


DO NOT
attempt to make anyone throw-up unless advised to do so by the Poison Center, emergency department or physician.

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