The Nebraska Regional Poison Center is a free, 24-hour emergency
telephone service designed to assess and make treatment recommendations during possible
poisonings. The Nebraska Regional Poison Center also provides public and professional
education programs, collects data on poisonings, conducts research in the field
of clinical toxicology and assists first responders during hazardous materials incidents.
Nebraska Regional Poison Center Staff
Medical Director: Ronald Kirschner, MD
Associate Medical Director: Prashant Joshi, MD
Managing Director: Kathy Jacobitz, MHA, RN, BSN, CSPI
Supervisor: Marcia Rasmussen, RN, CSPI
Educator: Joan McVoy, RN, CSPI
12 Certified Specialists in Poison Information
1 RN Specialist in Poison Information
Facts about the Nebraska Regional Poison Center:
- Established in 1957, it is one of the oldest poison centers in the United States.
- It is the designated poison center for Nebraska, Idaho, American Samoa, and the Federated States of Micronesia.
- One of 55 poison centers in the United States. Certified as a regional poison center by the American Association of Poison Control Centers.
- Operates 24-hours a day, seven days a week with full information and treatment capabilities.
- Funded by The Nebraska Medical Center, University of Nebraska Medical Center, State of Nebraska, State of Idaho, HRSA grants and Nebraska hospitals.
- Handled 47,689 incoming calls in 2013
- 35,554 were poisoning exposures
- 43,379 follow-up calls were made by NRPC staff
- Poison exposure to children under six-years-old accounted for 58% of the phone calls made to the poison center in 2013.
- Eighty-three percent of the poisoning exposures were unintentional.
- Seventy-four percent of the poisoning exposures were treated safely at home with poison center advice and follow-up.
- Handled 43,945 incoming calls in 2014
- 34,851 calls were regarding human poisonings
- 903 calls were regarding animal poisonings
- 8,192 calls were for poison or drug information
- 43,413 follow-up calls were made by NRPC staff
- 57% of the poisoning exposures involved children less than 6 years of age
- 82% of poisoning exposures were unintentional; 14% were intentional; 2% were the result of an adverse reaction to a drug or food; 1% were due to substance contamination, tampering or malicious intent
- Common exposure substances include medications, cosmetics/personal care products, cleaning products, foreign bodies, and pesticides
- 73% of poisoning exposures were treated safely at home
- 15.45% of calls originated from health care professionals requesting treatment advice for poisoned patients
The Nebraska Regional Poison Center provides a community education program through
printed materials and audio-visuals. Professional
education programs are also available. For more information including "Teachers
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