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Poison Help

Poison Help is a government website recommended as a first-stop for readers who want to learn more about the management and prevention of poison-related emergencies. The site helps people locate their nearest poison center and/or call a telephone emergency hotline. There is additional information how to poison proof your home, medication storage, poison prevention tips by season and age range, recognizing poisoning, and the first steps after poisoning.

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Review Date: 6/1/2018

Scoring

Ease of Use

The universal hotline phone number is boldly displayed at the top of each page in case of an emergency, as are the main category tabs. But many of the sections contain very little content. The "Poison Info" category is little more than a definition, and the same with the site's description of risk groups.

Visual Design

The site's black and red color scheme is bold and suits the urgency of the topic. While there are downloadable guides and videos to add interest, overall the website's design is outdated. Few images, and those present are stock-level quality.

Quality

This website is a great resource for anyone interested in accidental poisoning and poisoning prevention. Although the information is unreferenced, the website is sponsored by the U.S. government. Overall the information is good, but the materials on different poisons and poisoning lack breadth and depth.

Credibility

This government-sponsored website is a highly credible source of posison-related information. But outside of its federal authority, the website does not credit individual authors, nor does it provide dates of publication or revision. Even if the website's educational content is thin, more effort could be put into establishing the content's credibility.

Pros

  1. Lists each of the nation's recognized poison facilities
  2. Supported by the U.S. government and is medically accurate
  3. Plenty of checklists and bulleted tips for quick scanning

Cons

  1. Visually unappealing
  2. Too little information spread out over many sections requires unnecessary clicking

Profile

Sponsors / Affiliations: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Accreditations: None

Additional Features: Poison helpline, poison control center finder, videos, newsletter, FAQs, Q&A

Languages: English, Spanish

Contact: poisonhelp@hrsa.gov