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What to do: Convulsions from Poisoning

Image of danger poison signCall 9-1-1 or EMS immediately. Call the Poison Control Center 1-800-222-1222. If the casualty is experiencing convulsions:

  1. Place the casualty in a location where he/she will not injure himself or herself. This usually means laying the casualty on the floor, away from walls and heavy or sharp objects. Place a soft pillow or clothing under the head if possible.
  2. Do not try to restrain the casualty.
  3. Loosen any tight or restricting clothing, especially around the neck.
  4. Do not try to place any objects or fingers between the casualty’s teeth.
  5. After the convulsion, turn the casualty on her/his side in case of vomiting.
  6. Continue to monitor the casualty for any signs of breathing difficulty or changes in consciousness. If the casualty stops breathing, begin CPR immediately and call 9-1-1!

Content excerpted from the Urgent First Aid Guide used by permission Copyright 2013
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