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Palmetto Poison Center


(800) 222-1222 Emergencies

The PPC provides services free-of-charge to the public and health professionals 24 hours-a-day, 365 days a year.

The Palmetto Poison Center (PPC), located in Columbia, serves all 46 counties in South Carolina and receives over 37,000 calls per year for information and advice. The PPC is staffed by healthcare professionals, including pharmacists and nurses, who are formally trained in toxicology as specialists in poison information. The Palmetto Poison Center provides information on exposure to poisonous materials for the general public and healthcare professionals. Calls range from accidental and intentional ingestion of poisonous substances and medications to adverse drug effects, occupational exposures, envenomations, and biochemical disasters. Over 50% of calls involve exposures in pediatric patients below 6 years of age.

A majority of the time staff can reassure the caller and provide advice for safe observation at home. When necessary, the poison center can give immediate management advice to a care giver in the home and provide advice and consultation to health care providers charged with the care of a poisoning emergency. The medical director, a physician with specialty training and board certification in the field of medical toxicology, is available 24 hours-a-day to provide physician to physician advice. The Palmetto Poison Center is proud to serve the entire state of South Carolina.

University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208

(800) 222-1222 (Emergencies)
(803) 777-7909 (Business)
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Current as of June 2013