Poisons may be swallowed, inhaled, absorbed through the skin or injected. Food, medicines and some household and industrial products may be poisonous.
It is vital to find out as much as possible about the type and dose of the poison. Search for any empty bottles or medicine containers to send to the hospital with the casualty. If the casualty is conscious and able to speak, ask for information about the cause of the poisoning.
For specific information on a poison, phone the poisons information centre on I3 II26. This number can be called from any telephone in Australia.
In many cases accidental poisoning is avoidable see HOME SAFETY.
Symptoms and signs
Depending on the nature of the poison, these may include
First aid treatment
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