The Iowa Poison Control Center (IPCC) is a valuable resource for health care providers. Thirty percent of calls to IPCC come from health care providers, including physicians, nurses, EMS providers, pharmacists and physician assistants. As the toxicology experts for Iowa, the nursing, pharmacist and physician staff of the poison center provide ongoing consultation and case management assistance to health care providers managing patients who have experienced a toxic exposure. An IPCC medical toxicologist is on call 24 hours per day to respond to complex toxicological cases. Our poison center provides ongoing consultation and follows patient progress with the treating health care providers to assist in evaluating diagnostic tests, clinical laboratory and EKG findings.
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
All calls to IPCC are confidential. Patient information is protected in compliance with HIPAA regulations, with poison centers specifically recognized within the privacy rule.
The IPCC has recently opened its lecture series to staff physicians, pharmacists and nurses; pharmacy and medical students; residents; nursing faculty; and other healthcare professionals. These lectures are hosted at the IPCC. A description and registration is available under the Tox Talk Dates tab. There is no cost to attend.
Poison Hotline Newsletter
The IPCC publishes a monthly e-newsletter for health care providers entitled Poison Hotline. The newsletter contains important toxicology information, updates and news. Find out how you can subscribe to the newsletter and read past issues in this section.
The Poison Apple Newsletter
The IPCC publishes a monthly e-newsletter entitled The Poison Apple. This e-newsletter is provided to Iowa school nurses through the Iowa Board of Education’s school nurse list-serv. The newsletter contains important toxicology information and news pertinent to school nurses. Send comments and questions about The Poison Apple newsletter to the IPCC education office at (712) 279-3717.
Toxidrome Card. Best if printed on legal (8" x 14") paper. Bulk cards can be ordered through the IPCC education office at (712) 279-3717.
Antidote Stocking Chart
These are suggested antidote stocking levels for managing one adult patient for either 8 or 24 hours. Depending on the severity of the exposure, the actual amount of antidote required for a specific case may be greater than what is listed. Each hospital needs to decide its own appropriate antidote stocking levels based on the hospital's location, history of antidote use, patient population, patient census, industry in the area, pharmacy budget and availability of antidotes for local resources (e.g. hospital sharing).
Recognition of Cyanide Poisoning in Smoke Inhalation Guide
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. Use this infographic to help in the recognition of cyanide poisoning from smoke inhalation.
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