The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) has a very crucial role in the recognization, prevention, and treatment of poisonings, but the educational content of their website is limited. The site offers general tips about poison prevention in various settings, new poison alerts, and information for safely disposing of medications. This website is recommended as a resource for users who want to learn about and access helpful resources, and to learn poison prevention protocols.
The content here is relatively self-contained and doesn't take long to browse. The site's five main sections can be read in full simply by scrolling down the page. But a fair amount of clicking is necessary to drill down deeper. The user has to scroll down to the bottom of the page for the search bar. Entering specific poisons or medications does not produce any results.
The individual topics have poor use of space with over-long text pages, and a harsh color scheme (possibly intentional given the site's subject matter). The home and introductory pages are and exception with more colorful text and images.
This website publishes an excellent annual report on poison call data. There are very brief summaries or prevention of poisoning in various settings and how to safely dispose of medications. It also profiles some of the more contemporary poison topics like laundry detergent packets and vaping. But overall the content on this website is somewhat piecemeal; good for the topics covered, though there are many holes in its coverage of poisoning.
The materials are credible in the sense that the AAPCC partners with reputable organizations like the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control. Additionally, the site's annual data report—even though it only comes once a year—may be useful to readers. But there are no author names or publication dates attributed to any pages.
Current poison data is uploaded from all AAPCC member poison centers every eight minutes
There is information about, and links to important resources, especially the Poison Control Centers hotline
Concise and easy to read guides on preventing poisoning in the home and other settings
The site's “National Poison Data System” provides annual reports dating back 15 years
Little educational content available on the website
There is no information about individual poisons/poisonings
Poor visual layout and not much fun to navigate
Sponsors / Affiliations:
American Association of Poison Control Centers, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit health organization that partners with the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration., American Academy of Clinical Toxicology, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, National Pesticide Information Center
24/7 phone helpline for confidential medical advice, poison center finder, poison alerts, downloadable checklists and fact sheets, FAQs, press releases, Interactive Dashboard