DES PLAINES, Ill, January 28, 2014 -- The Emergency Nurses Association commends President Obama for signing into law the Poison Center Network Act. This bill was approved by the House of Representatives on January 8 and the Senate on January 14.
This important legislation reauthorizes funding for the operation of our nation’s 57 poison control centers for fiscal years 2015 – 2019. The bill provides support for the centers’ 24-hour toll-free phone number; the national media campaign which educates the public and health care providers about poison prevention and the toll-free number; and the State Grant Program, which is used to help fund the poison control centers.
Poisoning is the second most common form of unintentional death in the United States and the death rate from unintentional poisoning has been rising steadily since 1992. In 2010, there were 33,041 deaths nationwide from unintentional poisoning. Children are especially vulnerable to injury by poisoning. Each day, 300 children are treated for poisoning in the ED and two will die.
Poison Control Centers (PCCs) receive approximately 3.6 million calls each year, including 720,000 calls from nurses and doctors who rely on PCCs for an immediate assessment and expert advice on poisoning cases.
About the Emergency Nurses Association
ENA, which has more than 40,000 members worldwide, is the only professional nursing association dedicated to defining the future of emergency nursing and emergency care through advocacy, expertise, innovation and leadership. Founded in 1970, ENA develops and disseminates education and practice standards and guidelines, and affords consultation to both private and public entities regarding emergency nurses and their practice. Additional information is available at ENA's Web site, www.ena.org.