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.
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, Wyoming, 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 Nebraska Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center, State of Nebraska, State of Idaho, State of Wyoming, HRSA grants and Nebraska hospitals.
30,326 were human poisoning exposures
43,379 follow-up calls were made by Nebraska Regional Poison Center staff
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 35,212 incoming calls in 2017
829 calls were regarding animal poisonings
4,057 calls were for poison or drug information
39,537 follow-up calls were made by Nebraska Regional Poison Center 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