Avoid Holiday Hazards: Kentucky Poison Control Center
December 7, 2011
The poison information specialists at Kentucky Regional Poison Control Center of Kosair Children’s Hospital tell me the holidays are a dangerous time, especially for children. This month alone the center’s staff has managed 225 cases of medication mistakes involving children. They’ve also managed 30 to 40 holiday plant ingestions; 170 to 200 foreign body ingestions, things like toys, coins, silica gel; 200 to 220 cleaning product exposures; and about 300 cough, cold and antihistamine product exposures. It seems that flu season and holiday season are high-risk times for unintentional poisonings for all ages – even if we don’t leave the house.
It’s easy to become distracted during this busy season, but knowing the extra dangers to watch for during the holidays should make us all more alert, as Get Healthy’s Jackie Hays explains.
Tens of thousands of calls are made to the Kentucky Regional Poison Control Center of Kosair Children’s Hospital every year … averaging more than 180 calls a day. Roughly one-third of those calls involve children, meaning one child every 20 minutes experiences a poisoning exposure in Kentucky.