When to call poison control vs. 911

Cyrus Rangan, MD, shares health advice for parents on what factors should influence to call Poison Control or 911 if your believe your child has been poisoned
Deciding To Call Poison Control or 911 if your Child Is Poisoned
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When to call poison control vs. 911

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In general, if a child comes in contact with any poisonous substance, give us a call at Poison Control. However, if the child not breathing, having a seizure, or is unresponsive; these are reasons to bypass poison control and call 9-1-1 for the immediate medical emergency attention that the child will need. As a result, the child will then be taken to the hospital and poison control can get involved later on.

Cyrus Rangan, MD, shares health advice for parents on what factors should influence to call Poison Control or 911 if your believe your child has been poisoned

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Cyrus Rangan, MD

Medical Toxicologist, Poison Control

Cyrus Rangan, MD, is a pediatrician and medical toxicologist. Cyrus serves as the Assistant Medical Director with the California Poison Control System and medical toxicology consultant for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Over 70% of the calls received at the center are able to stay at home and avoid a visit to the hospital, based on the over-the-phone support of the center. Cyrus is also the father of two boys, age seven and four, with whom he enjoys practicing Kung Fu. 

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