First Aid for Poisoning

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Being poisoned can be a life threatening event. If you or someone you know has been exposed to a poisonous substance, you should seek medical help immediately. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill discusses first aid for poisoning.

Dr. Hill:

Poison is anything that kills or injures through its chemical actions. Most poisons are swallowed but all poisonings, whether by oral ingestion, inhalation or contact with the skin, are serious, and in some cases can cause death.

Poisoning can occur from a variety of factors like medications, illicit drugs, foods and attempts to harm ones life. Poisoning is a medical emergency and cannot be treated at home. If you think you or someone you know has been exposed to poison, seek medical care immediately.

Vomiting is one way to remove swallowed poisons from the stomach.

Inhaled poisons are very serious because of damage to the lungs and other tissues of the body. Immediately get the person to fresh air. If the victim is not breathing, start artificial respiration and continue it until the victim is breathing or help arrives.

If you suspect a friend or loved one has been exposed to poison, call 911, your local poison control center or the National Poison Control Hotline at 1-800-222-1222.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.