The key to a good outcome is rapid recognition that a poisoning has occurred and rapid transport to a qualified medical facility when indicated.
- When medical care (and use of the U.S. National Poison Control Center-1-800-222-1222) is provided promptly, the vast majority of people survive poisonings.
- Poor outcomes can occur when these are the cause of the poisoning:
- Highly toxic substances such as cyanide
- Substances that injure body tissues immediately (lye or acids, for example)
- Poisoning as a result of exposure over time, often unrecognized (examples include polluted water, workplace exposures, and lead)
Medically reviewed by Martin E Zipser, MD; American Board of Surgery
American Association of Poison Control Centers.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/27/2015
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