Chemical Pneumonia (cont.)
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When to Seek Medical Care
Should any of the signs or symptoms occur, call a doctor or the local poison control center (call 1-800-222-1222 from anywhere in the United States and they will direct you to the nearest poison center). Any person with serious signs or symptoms should be transported immediately by ambulance to the nearest hospital's emergency department capable of managing someone with chemical pneumonia.
Chemical identification is helpful both for the poison control center and the doctor. All people, those with few, if any symptoms, and those with grave symptoms should have the chemical they were exposed to identified as soon as possible. This should not take precedence over medical care, however, especially for those with severe signs or symptoms.
Immediate evaluation in a hospital's emergency department is necessary for treating the following conditions:
The poison control center may suggest other conditions the patient may have particular to the chemical that nececitate emergency care.
Christopher B Beach, MD