Examples as Applied to Poison Prevention and Control Services

  1. Monitor population frequency of poisonings across the lifespan. Assess outcomes.

  2. Assess factors contributing to poisonings. Develop policies and services for primary and secondary prevention.

  3. Evaluate public education activities related to poisonings. Continuously review and evaluate poison control center functions and their efficiency and effectiveness. Ensure the availability and accessibility of poison control information to the entire public.

  1. Assess and enhance the public’s knowledge about poison impact, prevention, and control.

  2. Establish effective communication with community members regarding poisonings.

  3. Apply population-based data to policy development for poison prevention and control.

  1. Create and maintain a workforce that is competent in poison prevention and control. Educate health professionals on subjects related to poisonings.

  2. Develop laws, statutes, and regulations that provide for optimal use of poison control centers and protect individuals in the workplace.

  3. Create provisions for high-quality, culturally competent poison control center services. Ensure linkages among all parts of the public health and medical systems with poison control centers.

  1. Identify best practices for poison control centers. Contribute to the evidence base for poison prevention and control through the funding and generation of new knowledge.

geted poison prevention activities that exist are located in the injury prevention and control program and/or the maternal and child health program. Data and surveillance are usually located in the health statistics and information unit with links to the state epidemiologist, the medical examiner, and the agency that collects hospital discharge data. Other programs within public health departments that may be involved with poison prevention and control activities are emergency medical services, maternal and child health, health education and promotion, emergency preparedness, substance abuse services, environmental health, occupational health, and the medical director. The following is a more in-depth



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