North Texas Poison Center
The North Texas Poison Center (NTPC), located at Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas, TX, is dedicated to providing comprehensive state-of-the-art toxicology information, treatment assistance and education to health professionals and the public. Accredited by the American Association of Poison Control Centers since 1985, the NTPC is part of the Texas Poison Center Network (TPCN), which was established by the Texas Legislature in 1993 – who mandated that a network of six regional poison centers be established to provide emergency treatment information to the citizens of Texas for poisonings or toxic exposures.
The NTPC has a specially trained staff of 15 Registered Nurses, pharmacists, and doctors who are uniquely qualified to provide poison information and treatment assistance 24 hours a day to almost 8 million individuals in the center’s designated 42-county region by dialing 1-800-222-1222. The total monthly call volume routinely exceeds 7,500 calls.
The NTPC is closely affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW). The Division of Medical Toxicology within the Department of Emergency Medicine provides faculty support to the poison center. These faculty are all trained and boarded or board eligible in Medical Toxicology and have primary training in either emergency medicine or pediatrics. The Medical Director of the NTPC is one of these faculty. In addition, UTSW sponsors the fellowship program in medical toxicology. The toxicology fellows are the first line of support for the NTPC. These physicians oversee an extensive training program that occurs in the NTPC as a part of the toxicology service provided to Parkland, Childrens Medical Center, and Clements hospital. Each year, more than 130 rotators from various healthcare backgrounds spend 4-6 weeks on the service that is based in the NTPC.
The education department of the NTPC has the responsibility for providing public education activities for teachers, students and citizens. From January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014, they made 53,022 contacts and participated in 697 programs, including presentations and community events, where more than 181,143 educational materials including brochures, magnets, and stickers were distributed. Each year, the NTPC offers additional programs, including the Poison Jungle Safari during Poison Prevention Week, Train-the-Trainer programs and much more.
Visit www.poisoncontrol.org for general poison-related information including all kinds of toxic topics and information about poisonous plants, and venomous critters. You can also contact us to schedule an educator to participate in an educational program or order materials. Make sure you check out our Kids’ Corner, where children can enjoy games and a virtual field trip.
For a poison emergency or information, call 1-800-222-1222.
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