Poison Control Center
The Poison Control Center (PCC) at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is a nonprofit, regional poison control services provider. The Center offers a 24/7 emergency hotline staffed by registered nurses and pharmacists with special training in toxicology. Information and treatment advice is available to the public and healthcare professionals at no charge.
Malfunctioning heaters and automobile exhaust can release carbon monoxide gas (CO), a colorless, odorless, tasteless, nonirritating gas. Prolonged exposure to CO can be life threatening. Learn about what to do if CO is detected, how to identify the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, and ways you can prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
Poison Safety Topics
The Poison Control Center provides families and educators with helpful information about poisons, potential poisons and hazards in the home and other locations children visit.
- Alcohol and tobacco
- Bee and wasp stings
- Carbon monoxide
- Cough and cold medicine
- Eye exposures
- Foreign bodies (objects not meant to be swallowed)
- Freon gas
- Household cleaners
- Inhalation exposures
- Insect repellents
- Irritating chemicals (caustics)
- Jellyfish stings
Every specialist who answers calls in the Poison Control Center is specially trained in toxicology, and many are certified by the American Association of Poison Control Centers. Our medical toxicology consultants from other local institutions further expand our ability to provide services to the region.