St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay signed a proclamation recently recognizing National Poison Prevention Week, March 18-24. He was joined by the first grade class of Christ the King Catholic School in University City, and staff from the Missouri Regional Poison Center.
Poison Center Celebrates History
Thirty-three years ago, in a room across the hall from the Cardinal Glennon Emergency Room, the forerunner to the Missouri Regional Poison Center opened its single door. The humble surroundings consisted of a table, a shelf of reference books and a series of poison-management cards, with details about pills and treatment recommendations in case of overdose.
Today, that single room has grown into a 3,000-square-foot office in Clayton, with a full-time staff of 40 physicians, nurses, pharmacists and support staff, all working together to operate a 24-7 hot line that serves the entire state. The Missouri Regional Poison Center is the third busiest poison center in the country.
Certified Specialists in Poison Information handle calls with the help of a powerful computer database that instantly identifies ingredients for hundreds of thousands of commercial, biological, and pharmaceutical products, then provides data on clinical effects and treatment protocols for exposure.
Today's poison center serves as a nerve center for poison information throughout the state. For more information, visit www.cardinalglennon.com and click on the Poison Center icon.
National Poison Prevention Week March 18-24
Events include a series of presentations at the St. Louis Science Center and the 18th annual Poison Prevention Poster contest for students.