There are sixty six local poison control centers in operation in the United States. Poison control centers are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide immediate advice. Poison centers also serve the hearing impaired and non-English speaking population.
Poison control centers serve as a vital resource for their local health care communities. Emergency room physicians and nurses call the poison centers when they have questions about treatment or prevention.
Most of the time poison control center experts can take care of the poison exposure problem with phone contact only. If hands-on medical treatment is necessary, the poison center expert will call an ambulance, stay on the line until the ambulance arrives, and give treatment advice to the emergency care providers.