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Poison Prevention Week

NORMAN - More than two million poisonings are reported each year to the 61 poison control centers across the country. More than 90 percent of those poisonings occur inside homes and the majority of non-deadly poisonings occur in children younger than six.

This week is National Poison Prevention Week. A week designed to highlight the dangers of poisonings and how to prevent them. Help is available if you think someone has been poisoned from a medicine or household chemical.

The Poison Control Center phone line 1 (800) 222-1212 is manned 24 hours, seven days a week. Keep the number on your phone and have the following useful information available for the expert on the other end of the line:

  • Victim’s age
  • Victim’s weight
  • Existing health conditions
  • The substance involved and how it came into contact with the person. (swallowed, inhaled, absorbed through skin or splashed into eyes)
  • How long ago was the contact
  • Any first aid already given
  • If the person has vomited
  • Your location and how long it will take you to get to the hospital

Norman Regional Health System also offers a 24 hours a day, seven days a week HealthLink hotline. Registered nurses are on standby to answer your medical questions. These nurses offer an accumulated 300 years of experience in various areas of nursing which include: medical/surgery, maternal and or child care, psychiatric, emergency, critical care, cardiovascular, rehabilitation, home health, school nursing and administration.

If you need telephone triage, health or drug information or a physician referral, do not hesitate to call the HealthLink hotline at 1 (877) 667-6734. The service is free and offered to anyone.

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Norman Regional Health System

Office (405) 307.2143
Fax (405) 307.2144