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Swallowed Poison First Aid

Swallowed Poison First Aid

Heidi JanitBy Heidi Janit

Please print out and keep in your handbag, nappy changing bag, on your fridge, in your first aid kit………..

It is vital that you know what to do if your child or an adult swallows poisons.

*Remember to keep medicines and household cleaners out of reach of children*

Poison Information Centres:

Gauteng

  • Unitas (toll free) 0800 111

Western Cape

  • Red Cross Children’s Hospital: 021 658 5428021 658 5428/ 021 689; www.redcross.org.za
  • Tygerberg Hospital: 021 931 6129021 931 6129

Kwazulu-Natal

  • Saint Augustine’s Hospital Durban (toll free): 0800 333 4440800 333 444

Orange Free State

  • Universities (Poison Centre): 051 401 3111051 401 3111

poison awayChart sourced from www.schoolme.co.za

 

EMERGENCY POISON TREATMENT CHART

Acid Dish washing Liquid Insect Repellent Rat Bait
Acetone Dishwasher Powder Insecticide Sedatives
Alcohol Disinfectants Laundry Powder and Tablets Shampoo
Ammonia Drain Cleaner Kerosene Snail Bait
Asprin Dye (hair or fabric) Liniments Soap
Battery Acid Fabric Softener Medicines (oral) Tablets
Battery (button type) Fertilizer Metal Cleaners and Polishes Thinners
Benzine Firelighter Mothballs Turpentine
Bleach Flouride Tablets Nail Varnish Remover Varnish
Camphorated Oil Flue and cold medication Oil of Wintergreen Toilet Cleaner
Carbon Tetrochloride Furniture Oil Oven Cleaner Vitamins
Caustic Soda Gasoline Paint (oil) Washing Powder
Chlorine (for pools) Glue (contact type) Paint Remover Window Cleaner
Cold and Flue Medication Glue (other) Paracetamol White Spirits
Condi’s Crystals Hydrochloric Acid Paraffin Weed Killer
Cosmetics Hair Dye Perm Lotion (hair) Wintergreen Oil
Cough Syrup Hair (perm lotion) Pesticides
Deodorants Hair Straightener Perfume
Detergents Hydrogen Peroxide Petrol
Diesel Fuel Iron Tablets Pills

TREATMENT – MATCH THE COLORS

DO NOT make the victim vomit DO NOT give victim anything to eat or drinkWEED KILLER – give activated charcoal

Get victim to hospital immediately
DO give victim milk or water immediately (half to full cup) DO NOT make victim vomit FLOURIDE TABLETS – give milk DO give victim a half to full cup of milk or water immediately  DO GIVE victim Activated Charcoal to absorb substance Activated CharcoalAdult Dose – 50 to 100g in 200 to 500ml water Child Dose – 20 to 50g in 100 to 300ml waterInfant Dose – 10g in 50 to 100ml water

TELEPHONE THE POISON CONTROL CENTRE IN ALL CASES!

Gauteng

  • Unitas (toll free) 0800 111

Western Cape

  • Red Cross Children’s Hospital: 021 658 5428021 658 5428/ 021 689; www.redcross.org.za
  • Tygerberg Hospital: 021 931 6129021 931 6129

Kwazulu-Natal

  • Saint Augustine’s Hospital Durban (toll free): 0800 333 4440800 333 444

Orange Free State

  • Universities (Poison Centre): 051 401 3111051 401 3111