A telephone medical toxicology consultation with our Medical Director (or one of our consulting medical toxicologists) or our Clinical Managing Director is available 24 hours/day to health professional, first responders, and public health officials.
- What can a medical toxicology consultation from the Washington Poison Center provide?• Expert knowledge about toxic exposures
- Recommendations for evaluation and management specific to the patient
- Value based healthcare through prudent and judicious use of resources for toxic exposures
- Always available 24/7
Our Knowledge and Expertise
The Washington Poison Center is managed by a Medical Director, a physician board-certified in Medical Toxicology and a Clinical Managing Director, a pharmacist board-certified in Applied Toxicology. Both specialties are recognized by national organizations providing criteria for training and certification. These toxicologists lead a medical team of highly trained, board certified, consulting medical toxicologists.
Our medical team provide clinical expertise on the diagnosis, management and prevention of poisoning and other adverse health effects due to medications, occupational and environmental toxins, and biological agents. Some examples of their expertise include:
• Unintentional and intentional overdoses of such agents as:
• Therapeutic drugs including antidepressants (e.g. tricyclics, serotonin reuptake inhibitors, etc), cardiac medications (e.g. beta-adrenergic blocking agents, calcium channel antagonists, cardioactive steroids such as digoxin, etc. and many others
• Over-the-counter medicines such as aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, vitamins (e.g. iron supplements, vitamin A, etc.), herbal supplements, and more
• Drugs of abuse such as cocaine, amphetamines, opioids (heroin), cannabis, etc., along with new and emerging agents of abuse such as Molly, Kratom, and many more
• Exposure to industrial chemical products and environmental hazards such as:
• Heavy metals (e.g. lead, arsenic, mercury)
• Household products (e.g. cleaning agents)
• Toxic gases (e.g. carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulfide, hydrogen cyanide)
• Toxic alcohols (e.g. methanol, ethylene glycol) and other solvents
• Other industrial and environmental agents, including radiation exposures
• Diagnosis and management of exposures such as:
• Envenomations, such as snake bites, spider bites, scorpion stings
• Marine toxins such as ciguatera poisoning, paralytic shellfish poisoning, tetrodotoxin and many others
• Ingestion of food-borne toxins, such as botulism, scombroid poisoning and more
• Ingestion of toxic plants such as yellow oleander or foxglove and mushrooms such as amanita phalloides (i.e. The Death Cap)
Our Impact and Value:
Medical and clinical toxicologists are a vital part of the healthcare, governmental, educational and industry sectors. Our impact provides quality, safe, and cost-efficient health care by increasing knowledge and the development of standardized treatment protocols for children and adults dealing with acute poisoning, environmental exposures or emergency preparedness responses.
Published research* has demonstrated that poison centers provide value-based healthcare, saving millions of healthcare dollars through the expertise knowledge and recommendations our toxicologists and specialists in poison information can provide to the public and health care providers.
Call us at 800-222-1222 for a toxicology consultation or email us for further information.