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"The Sanford Poison Center is designated by the South Dakota Department of Health to provide emergency poison management and poison prevention information to the citizens of the State of South Dakota."

The Sanford Poison Center provides all of the education and prevention efforts for the State of South Dakota. The Sanford Poison Center is dedicated to serving the needs of our State and believes that the needs of our residents are best served by a “local” center. However, due to call volume, population base and funding issues it is not possible for us to meet the criteria necessary to be a certified center and handle exposure calls locally. The Sanford Poison Center currently contracts with Minnesota Poison Control System (MPCS) located at the Hennepin County Medical center in Minneapolis to handle all poisoning exposure calls. MPCS is certified as a Regional Poison Control Center by the American Association of Poison Control Centers.

Your state’s poison center cooperates with other poison centers in the region to form the “Midwest Regional Poison Interest Group” (MR PIG)

Your state’s poison center belongs to the "American Association of Poison Control Centers" (AAPCC) This organization represents the poison centers on national issues and facilitates the national phone number 1-800-222-1222 along with the Poison Help Network.

Mission Statement and Summary

"The mission of the Sanford Poison Center is to assure that all South Dakota residents and medical professionals receive accessible, high quality and cost effective human poison information and treatment services. This is achieved through our partnership with a full service regional poison center that provides the needed poison information and treatment guidelines, in addition to our community education aimed at prevention of poisoning exposures and provision or support of other community services."

Summary in 2015

In South Dakota, calls to the national poison control phone number, 1-800-222-1222, are answered by the Minnesota Poison Control System in Minneapolis. In 2015, the Minnesota Poison Control System consulted on approximately 57, 871 exposures and provided poison, drug or medical information to an additional 5,966 callers. Forty-six percent of the exposures involved children aged 5 years or younger. More than 67% of the exposures were safety managed at home reducing unwarranted and expensive emergency room and urgent care visits. National studies have shown that for every dollar spent on poison control services around $13.39 in saved in unnecessary health care costs.

Data showed that South Dakotans called the center 6,872 times in 2015. Ninety-four percent of those calls were for exposure and 6% were information/education calls. The majority of the exposure calls came from private residences and 46% of them involved in children less than six years of age. Seventy-five percent of the exposure calls were for unintentional poisonings.

The substances most typically involved in exposures reported to the system include the following: Medications (over the counter and prescription), household cleaners and chemical, cosmetics and personal care products and plants.

Members of the staff from Sanford Poison Center gave presentations to the health care professionals statewide, gave numerous public presentations, displayed at professional conferences and presented information for media events.

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[email protected] 1-800-222-1222 mnpoison.org

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