Cautionary tales from the poison control call center
Poison control call centers are a great free resource for expert advice and help concerning poison emergencies. Let these calls be a lesson to you. Read on for safety lessons and how to prevent poisonings.
Lesson: Lock up laundry pods
The poison control center calls: A 2-year-old swallowed part of a laundry detergent pod before spitting out the rest. She was found to be very sleepy and drooling, and a scope of her airway and esophagus showed swelling and burns. Due to lung injury she remained on a ventilator for two days and in the hospital for four. In a separate instance, a 83-year-old female with dementia ingested a laundry pod and developed breathing difficulties and a swollen tongue. Because the family had decided to keep her comfortable and off life support, she died within 48 hours. Detergent pods are one of the things food poisoning experts never eat.