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Contact a poison control center for recommendations. By fielding calls from the community, poison control centers save time and resources by preventing unnecessary medical evaluation when patients may be observed at home. This claim is supported by studies showing an association between decreased call rates and increased ED visits, by studies surveying people who called poison control regarding their alternative plans, and by natural experiments in which poison control center resources became unavailable.100,101,112

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