WHO Guidelines for establishing a poison centre

Dear colleagues,

We are proud to announce that on January 2021, WHO issued the Guidelines for establishing a poison centre that reported the #Bergamo Poison Control Centre’s #Teratology #Information #Service (#TIS) as significant model of service that provides advice on the potential effects on the fetus of exposure to chemicals and drugs, both in terms of therapeutic dose and overdose.  


We are proud to receive this news by our former student and lecturer of the #MasterCBRN Dr. Mariapina Gallo that works at #Bergamo Poison Control Centre and #TIS in Bergamo.


Poison centres were established as sources of expertise to address the  toxicity of every substance  and to provide toxicological research. Specialized unit answer to enquiries, usually by phone, about exposures to chemical agents, including products, pharmaceuticals, substances of abuse, natural toxins, pesticides and industrial chemicals. Some of them have a clinical toxicology unit to provide treatment directly to poisoned patients.  


Poison centres are involved in toxicovigilance, prevention of poisoning, coordination of antidote and antivenom supplies, teaching and training, research, drug information and pharmacovigilance, teratology, and chemical incident preparedness and response. 


Whether the chemical incident is an accidental industrial spillage, a large-scale contamination of food or water, a deliberate release of toxic industrial chemicals or chemical warfare agents, the poison centre advise first responders or health personnel who are managing the exposed patients, as well contribute to public health risk assessment.


link: https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/9789240009523

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