American Association of Poison Control Centers (Alexandria, VA)

Name

  • Name:Steve Kaminski
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:American Association of Poison Control Centers
  • Address:515 King St. Suite 510
    Alexandria, VA 22314
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:703-894-1858

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General

  • Mission:
  • The American Association of Poison Control Center's (AAPCC’s) mission is to actively advance the health care role and public health mission of our members through information, advocacy, education and research.

  • Overview:
  • Poisoning is the leading cause of injury death in the U.S. (even above motor vehicle accidents and death via firearms). More than 48,000 people die each year from poisonings. Annually, U.S. poison control centers answer nearly 3.1 million calls (almost 9,000 per day) related to a variety of substances e.g., cleaning products, personal care products and cosmetics, prescription and over-the-counter medication, tobacco and nicotine products, alcohol, illicit drugs, pesticides, painkillers, bites and stings, plants and mushrooms, and caffeinated beverages.

    AAPCC represents and accredits the nation’s 55 Poison Centers (PCs), provides certification for specialists in poison information (SPIs), coordinates national-level poison education and prevention programs and collaborations, and organizes national meetings among PC directors, toxicologists, and poison control educators.

    AAPCC also owns and manages the National Poison Data System (NPDS), a database collating years of information and poisoning exposure calls placed to AAPCC member PCs. NPDS has more than 60 million exposure case records and product-specific data on more than 400,000 products dating back to 1983. A standardized subset of the data from each call is uploaded from each PC to NPDS in near real-time, about every 8 minutes. Each NPDS case contains information self-reported by patients or their healthcare providers.

  • History:
  • The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) is a non-profit, national member-based organization founded in 1958.

    AAPCC governance is composed of a Board of Directors and an Executive Director, however, each of the PCs operates under different governance structures (e.g. hospitals, universities, etc.). PCs are staffed by highly trained and nationally certified pharmacists, physicians, board-certified clinical and medical toxicologists and nurses. These specialists in poison information (SPIs) provide a wide array of toxicological, poisoning management and awareness expertise 24 hours a day, seven days a week via the Poison Help Line at 1-800-222-1222. The Poison Help line covers 100% of the U.S. population and can provide assistance in 150 languages. This service provides a primary resource for poisoning information, triage, and management that helps reduce unnecessary costly hospital visits through in-home treatment. All exposure calls are followed where practicable until resolution of the acute event. This routine telephone follow-up allows PCs to collect data on patient outcome and clinical effects.

    Annually, of all the calls to a poison center about a potential poisoning, more than 70 percent of calls are managed on site and outside of a health care facility. This makes poison centers a key resource to safely reduce costly hospital visits and lighten the load on an overtaxed health care system. Poison centers also provide educational outreach to prevent poison emergencies and inform the public about the dangers of poisons.

    Increasing accessibility and utilization of internet-based health information presents a compelling need for the extension of poison center services to online audiences. Early attempts at internet-based triage of potential toxic exposures have been complicated by gaps in coverage and coordination, and by user interfaces that are incongruent with the expectations for modern web technologies. The confluence of growing online help-seeking behaviors and lessons from early ventures in web-based poison control presents a unique opportunity for AAPCC to exercise leadership in the development of a nationwide, web-based Virtual Poison Center to assist consumers in managing potential toxic exposures while enhancing national surveillance efforts.

  • Year established:1958
  • Endowment:Unknown

Staff

  • Executive / Trustee board size:2
  • Advisory board size:14
  • Staff size:10

Registration

  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Unknown
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
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