Protect your family, take steps after product injury, protect your fellow Americans by reporting unsafe products to Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Your report can help save lives.
The Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSUs) are a national network of experts in the prevention, diagnosis, management, and treatment of health issues that arise from environmental exposures from preconception through adolescence.
If you or someone close to you experiences chemical exposure from a consumer product leading to injury, it's crucial to get treated by your Primary Care Physician (PCP) or an Emergency Room (ER) physician immediately. This step is often the sole opportunity for your condition or injury to be accurately diagnosed and acknowledged. Proper diagnosis is vital for several reasons:
While Poison Control is a valuable resource, the reality is that the exact chemical composition of toy products is often unknown at the point of purchase and to physicians at the point of care. This lack of information can hinder effective treatment and reporting. Moreover, many studies examining poison control centers' cost-effectiveness and efficacy are limited by insufficient or inadequate data, particularly regarding their effectiveness.
It's important to highlight that beyond consultation services, a key role of Poison Control is its function as a toxico-surveillance system. This allows for the real-time detection of surveillance anomalies and events of public health significance. Effective reporting by physicians and the public is crucial for identifying and mitigating public health risks.
We want to emphasize That Water Bead Lady's support for support for Poison Control and the belief in the importance of their services. We advocate for increased funding for Poison Control Centers and an expansion of their capabilities to follow up on cases. There's a need for greater public awareness about the significance of Poison Control Centers and The Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units in safeguarding community health.
Institute of Medicine (US) Committee on Poison Prevention and Control. Forging a Poison Prevention and Control System. Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2004. 6, Current Costs, Funding, and Organizational Structures. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK215801
Anita Mudan, Jacob A. Lebin & Craig G. Smollin (2022) The poisoning of big data: using large data registries for research in toxicology, Toxicology Communications, 6:1, 39-41,
Cegolon, L., Lange, J. H., & Mastrangelo, G. (2010). The Primary Care Practitioner and the diagnosis of occupational diseases. BMC public health, 10, 405. https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-10-405
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