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<< Pediatric Ingestions: Emergency Department Management (Pharmacology CME)

Prehospital Care

When a dangerous ingestion is suspected, families may contact their physician or poison control center, go directly to the ED, or call emergency medical services (EMS). Poison control centers will refer patients to the nearest ED, if indicated, and instruct them to bring any pill fragments, containers, or substance samples with them. EMS personnel should similarly collect these items at the scene, whenever possible. 

Timely arrival to the ED is critical for resuscitation, decontamination, and antidote administration.

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