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Four children of different ethnicities pose for photo laying on the grass facing the camera. Top Poisons Among Children in 2018 Highlighted in March/April Issue of MPC's Poison Prevention Press
Date Published: April 19, 2019
In 2018, we handled about 39,000 cases. Roughly 31,000 of those cases were exposures in humans; the rest were about animals or general calls for information. We are going to look at the most common substances mentioned in the calls we receive about children, broken down by age group. Read more...
Blue bottle of antifreeze being poured out, with green liquid coming from the spout. April Issue of MPC's ToxTidbits Spotlights Ethylene Glycol and the Lactate Gap
Date Published: April 18, 2019
Diagnosis of toxic alcohol ingestion and toxicity is fairly cut and dry, if you work at one of the few hospitals in the U.S. that can measure serum concentrations. For the rest of us, history, clinical gestalt, and several surrogate markers of toxin concentration are what we rely upon. Read more...
Living room engulfed in flames. Enclosed Space Fires and Cyanide Poisoning Highlighted in March Issue of MPC's ToxTidbits
Date Published: March 29, 2019
Cyanide is a potent toxin that can cause rapid clinical deterioration and death if not recognized quickly. The most common etiology of cyanide exposure in the U.S. is through hydrogen cyanide (HCN) formation in enclosed space fires. Read more...
Collage of poison hazards commonly found in the home. Maryland Poison Center Celebrates National Poison Prevention Week
Date Published: March 4, 2019
Observed March 17-23, National Poison Prevention Week helps to raise awareness about the dangers of poisonings and promotes steps that families can take to prevent them. Read more...
Woman sleeps in a hospital bed. February Issue of MPC's ToxTidbits Answers "How Long Do I Need to Watch this Patient?"
Date Published: February 12, 2019
Emergency departments are busy environments and adequate patient flow is crucial to keep them operating efficiently. Although poison centers are often asked, “How long do I need to watch this patient?”, this question doesn’t always have a clear answer. Read more...
Chemical structure for xylazine. Xylazine Highlighted in January Issue of MPC's ToxTidbits
Date Published: January 22, 2019
On Oct. 30, 2018, Anne Arundel County (Maryland) police announced that they had confiscated a large amount of drugs in a major drug bust and arrested 21 people. Besides fentanyl, heroin, and cocaine, 8.86 kilograms of xylazine were seized. What is xylazine? Read more...
Woman sitting on couch with feet propped up on ottoman. A bottle of cold medicine is sat beside her feet. Cough and Cold Medicine Safety Featured in Jan./Feb. Issue of MPC's Poison Prevention Press
Date Published: January 16, 2019
Winter is upon us! Along with the cold air and snow comes runny noses and coughs. Oftentimes, we reach for over-the-counter (OTC) cold medicines without a thought. Before opening the medicine cabinet this year, let’s remember a few very important points. Read more...