For Providers

Every 90 seconds, a health care professional consults a poison center in the U.S. The Texas Poison Center Network is a valuable tool for health care professionals. We offer medical consultations and poison center staff can recommend the best treatment advice for the poisoned patient. Patients managed with poison center expertise, experience shorter hospitalizations on average, helping health care providers serve more patients, improving health outcomes and decreasing health care costs.

The information poison centers provide include:

What Resources Do Poison Centers Provide?

BECAUSE OF HIPAA, CAN I SHARE INFORMATION WITH THE POISON CENTER?

Absolutely. Poison centers fall under "covered entities" in the HIPAA Privacy Rule regulations. (45 CFR 164.501, 506(c)). Calls and patient information are kept confidential, and poison centers are held to the same HIPAA requirements by which other health care providers abide.

WHY DOES THE POISON CENTER CALL FOR INFORMATION ON MY PATIENTS?

Once a patient enters the poison center system, a case is opened on that patient. Our professionals follow that patient through their hospital stay and keep records on outcomes and treatments. Your information is vital to the ability of poison centers to continually assess the effects of drugs, chemicals, and poison treatments.

WHAT HAPPENS TO THE INFORMATION I GIVE THE POISON CENTER?

Patient information is kept in a national database (called the National Poison Data System and managed by AAPCC).  This information is used for toxicological study, to establish patient care guidelines, to identify products that need reformulation, and to better understand and educate the public about poison dangers.

Upcoming trainings for health care professionals:

None available at this time. Please check back frequently.

The information provided in this website is offered for general informational and educational purposes only; it is not offered as and does not constitute medical advice. While we try to keep the information up to date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy or reliability with respect to the website or the information contained on the website.