Nation’s oldest poison center will continue to be first line of defense for poison emergencies in Illinois
DES PLAINES, Ill., June 19, 2014
– Just weeks before the Illinois Poison Center (IPC) was slated to close due to lack of funding, the Emergency Nurses Association
(ENA) applauds Illinois lawmakers for passing legislation providing funds for the Center over the next four years. Governor Pat Quinn signed S.B. 741 into law yesterday, maintaining the investment in the state's only remaining poison control, information and treatment center. IPC will receive $8 million in Medicaid funding through 2018.
can attest to the value of these centers in diagnosing and treating patients,” said
ENA president Deena Brecher, MSN, RN, APN, ACNS-BC, CEN, CPEN. “There is no substitute for
the 24-hour availability and expertise provided by professionals at poison
control centers. We’re thrilled IPC will receive the support it needs to
continue to serve the people of Illinois.”
IPC serves as a first responder for Illinoisans facing poisoning
emergencies, ensuring access to timely poison prevention and treatment services
for children, seniors and families. Illinois was the first state to implement a
poison center, yet earlier this year IPC announced it would be forced to close
its doors on June 30 if the state could not find stable funding.
In 2013, the poison center
received approximately $3.7 million in funding, including about $2 million from
state and federal sources. Nevertheless, IPC incurred a deficit of nearly
IPC handles 82,000 poison-related cases throughout Illinois annually, nearly
half of those involving children age five and under. In 2013, IPC prevented an
estimated 35,000 emergency department visits. The same year, it saved Illinois
more than $52 million; approximately $15.7 million of that was Medicaid savings.
About the Emergency Nurses
Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) is the premier professional nursing
association dedicated to defining the future of emergency nursing through
advocacy, education, research, innovation, and leadership. Founded in 1970, ENA has proven to be an indispensable resource to the
global emergency nursing community.
With more than
40,000 members worldwide, ENA advocates for patient safety, develops
industry-leading practice standards and guidelines, and guides emergency
healthcare public policy. ENA members have expertise in triage, patient care,
disaster preparedness, and nearly all aspects of emergency care. Additional
information is available at www.ena.org.
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