Senior Watch August 20, 2012
Becky Miller, Maine Health Educator, Northern New England Poison Center, has some advice for seniors. Northern New England Poison CenterMaineHealth, 22 Bramhall Street, Portland, ME 04102 1-800-222-1222 or www.nnepc.orgWho is the Northern New England Poison Center (NNEPC)?â€¢ The NNEPC is part of MaineHealth and located in Portland, Maine. â€¢ The center is a regional center managing calls from Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.â€¢ The call center is available 24/7 with trained staff (nurses, pharmacists and toxicologists)â€¢ TTY and interpreter services are available 24/7.â€¢ NNEPC receives its funding from federal and state (ME, VT, NH) funds, MaineHealth and various federal and state grants. â€¢ Poison centers are considered part of the health care continuum and are able to share protected health care information with other health care facilities/providers under the HIPAA act.What type of calls does the center receive?â€¢ Exposure questions: (child ate some medication or piece of a plant, etc)â€¢ Attempted suicide, drug abuse and overdose cases that need further medical intervention in a hospital or by a health care provider (HCP). NNEPC works closely with the hospital or HCP to provide toxicological support (treatment recommendations, faxed information, toxicology consults, etc.)â€¢ Questions about pet exposuresâ€¢ General information requests such as:o pill identifications (identify pills by markings on the pill, etc), o possible medication interactions (example: would like to take a cold medicine with prescribed medicines, etc), o side effects from medications, o Environmental questions (lead poisoning, pesticide exposures, carbon monoxide, etc.)o Emergency preparednesso General poison prevention questionsDoes the NNEPC provide poison prevention education?â€¢ Each state has an educator with dedicated time for providing poison prevention outreach in their respective states.â€¢ Fact sheets, information, and blogs are available on the website at www.nnepc.orgâ€¢ The center is available 24/7 to answer questions â€“ does not need to be an emergency!â€¢ Newsletter articles/brochures/stickers and magnets – order from the website!â€¢ Presentations (some costs may need to be applied)Call the Northern New England Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 or visit our website at www.nnepc.org.