Welcome To Taiwan National Poison Control Center (PCC)
Goal of Taiwan PCC: To provide prompt and relevant information on the first-aid treatment of various acute and chronic poisonings to both medical personnel and the general public.
In response to the frequent occurrence of poisoning incidents in Taiwan, and in line with the international trend, Taiwan's first national poison control center (PCC) was founded in Taipei Veterans General Hospital in July 1985. Since its establishment, Taiwan PCC has been rotated by a group of health professionals to provide 24-hour telephone consultation service.
Annually, Taiwan PCC receives about 4,000 telephone inquiries. The service provided by Taiwan PCC includes the following: assisting the emergent analysis, identification, diagnosis and treatment of various poisonings, providing help in poisoned patients’ referral, and establishing a reporting system for tracking and collective reporting of acute poisoning cases to reduce the waste of medical resources and to play a role in the early warning of acute poisonings.
In last three decades, Taiwan PCC has established a domestic database to analyze the characteristics of various poisonings in Taiwan, and to develop special treatment modalities as well as antidotes. Moreover, Taiwan PCC prepares various poisoning related educational manuals and publications to enhance the awareness of poisoning treatment among healthcare personnel and the general public. Taiwan PCC also organizes annual periodic and non-periodic educational activities, trains junior healthcare personnel, and holds various workshops to promote international academic exchange and collaboration and to improve the quality of managing poisoned patients in Taiwan.
Poisoning consultation provides information related to the following topics :
- Toxicity, first-aid management and principles of prevention of various pesticide poisonings.
- The potential hazards and emergent management of accidental poisonings related to commonly used household chemicals, such as disinfectants, detergents, and cleaning agents.
- The potential hazards and emergent management of accidental inhalation and ingestion of environmental pesticides or rodenticides.
- Acute and chronic health effects of exposure to industrial chemicals.
- Occupational injuries/diseases related to long-term exposure to any specific chemical substances. Toxicity and treatment of bites or stings caused by venomous animals (e.g., venomous snakes and fish, bees, and wasps) and local or systemic toxicity caused by other insects.
- Questions related to the toxic effects of various toxicants and the medical management of poisoned patients.
- The pharmacological, toxicological and chemical properties of numerous drugs and toxicants.