1st March, Self Injury Awareness Day.
According to the Office of National Statistics, poisoning was the second most common cause of suicide in 2016.
Not all poisonings are intentional, in 2013-2014 almost 150,000 people were admitted to hospital with poisoning in England (NHS England) Knowing what to do in the event of a poisoning could make a difference.
First things first, there are lots of different ways in which a person can become poisoned. These are
Symptoms will vary based on method of entry but can include:
What to do
CHECK FOR DANGERS - the person may not want your help or the environment could be dangerous if for example the poison has been inhaled. You should not put yourself in danger, call the professionals instead.
If the person is not seriously ill call 111 for advice
If the person is vomiting, drowsy or confused or having breathing difficulties call 999 and follow their advice.
DO NOT try to make them sick of they have ingested poison - if the poison is corrosive it will cause more damage on the way up.
If you think the poison might be on the persons skin try to wear gloves if they are available, if not try to protect your skin if you need to touch them.
If you need to administer Basic Life Support you should make sure you have adequate protection when giving rescue breaths.