NM Poison Center: "Call Before You Go"

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. –February is National Wise Health Care Consumer Month and the New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center (NMPDIC) would like to take this opportunity to pass a long a simple message:Call Before You Go. If you think you or someone in your household has been poisoned, call NMPDIC at 1-800-222-1222. Calling your poison center with a poison emergency saves you time and reduces health care costs.

When the poison center is involved, about 70 percent of poisonings can be successfully treated at home without advanced medical care. By treating less severe exposures at home, NMPDIC saves New Mexicans approximately $6 million in avoided health care costs.

If you do need hospital treatment the poison center will continue to help. The poison center consults 5,000 times per year with doctors and nurses regarding poisoned patients. It is estimated that a patient’s stay in the hospital is reduced by three days when medical professionals confer with experts at the NMPDIC. By moving patients through the hospital faster, it is estimated that the NMPDIC reduces health care costs by $23 million for the state of New Mexico.

So, call before you go. Every time you choose to call the NMPDIC for assistance there is a good chance you will escape an expensive ambulance ride or emergency room visit. That helps all of us avoid unwelcomed and unnecessary health care costs. The expert help you need is just a phone call away. Call the NMPDIC at 1-800-222-1222 anytime you need assistance with a poison emergency or have any type of question about a poison or medication.

Contact: Lauren Cruse, 272-3322

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