The National Poisons Information Centre at Beaumont Hospital was amongst the winners at the recent Crystal Clear MSD Health Literacy Awards. The team won first place in the category ‘Best Health Promotion Project’ for its ‘Say No To Poisons!’ project.
“The ‘Say No To Poisons!’ project showed a clear understanding of the importance of using clear communications to deliver important health information. They used age-appropriate communication tools and a simple, effective catchphrase to communicate their message in this innovative and quantifiable campaign,” said Dr Gerardine Doyle, UCD School of Business and chairperson of the Crystal Clear Awards judging panel.
“The project proved very effective in empowering pre-school children to ask questions about the safety of everyday items they encountered. Six months after the launch, over 3,600 'Say No to Poisons!' books were ordered for childcare facilities and 238 books downloaded. There was also an increase in enquiries from the general public (24pc) to the National Poisons Information Centre”.
The five winning initiatives were selected from nearly 130 entries, which had to demonstrate how they addressed the issue of health literacy. Health literacy is a person’s ability to understand and use basic health information, whether they receive it in writing, in person or over the phone.
Childcare services and preschools can contact their local County Childcare Committee for a copy of the book or you can download a copy from here.
At this time of year we notice an increase in enquiries about exposure to garden chemicals, particularly weedkillers.
Always read the instructions for use carefully and make sure to follow them. Click here to read more.
In the Consumer Show this week award-winning journalist Bill Tyson highlights the risks posed to small children by liquid laundry detergent capsules. Watch it on Tues 2nd April RTE 1 8:30pm.
Click here to read our guidelines for preventing accidental poisoning with these products.
The “Say NO to Poisons!” project received a commendation at the 3rd Annual Astellas Changing Tomorrow Awards on Friday 8th February. The Awards aim to inspire excellence in patient care in Ireland by honouring individuals or teams working in health by recognising and rewarding outstanding achievements in Leadership, Commitment, Corporate Social Responsibility, Innovation and Hope.
Congratulations to everyone involved in the project in the National Poisons Information Centre, the HSE, Early Childhood Ireland, Carlow VEC Adult and Further Education. A special thank you to the staff and children in Carlow VEC Childcare Centre who piloted the storybook and related activities.
Say No to Poisons" short-listed for the 3rd Annual Astellas Changing Tomorrow Awards
The “Say NO to Poisons!” project is one of just 16 initiatives short-listed for the 3rd Annual Astellas Changing Tomorrow Awards. Congratulations to everyone involved in the project in the National Poisons Information Centre, the HSE, Early Childhood Ireland, Carlow VEC Adult and Further Education. A special thank you to the staff and children in Carlow VEC Childcare Centre who piloted the storybook and related activities.
The Astellas Changing Tomorrow Awards aim to inspire excellence in patient care in Ireland by honouring individuals or teams working in health by recognising and rewarding outstanding achievements in Leadership, Commitment, Corporate Social Responsibility, Innovation and Hope. The 16 shortlisted entries were recognised for their creativity, commitment and successful management of their healthcare initiatives.
You can view the “Say NO to Poisons!” resources here. Printed books can be ordered from the following County Childcare Committees:
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown
Early Childhood Ireland can also provide printed copies to members."Say No to Poisons!" receives Commendation at the Irish Healthcare Awards
The "Say NO to Poisons!" project received a Commendation at the 2012 Irish Healthcare Awards, in the Best Patient Lifestyle Education Project, "for its focus on improving patient care, innovation and collaboration". Congratulations to everyone who was involved with the project.
The project aims to teach pre-school children that some things are not safe to eat or drink and that they should always check with a grown-up first. The National Poisons Information Centre led the project which was funded by the HSE. The Co. Carlow VEC collaborated with us to develop the "Say NO to Poisons!" storybook and related resources, and the project was supported by Early Childhood Ireland. Copies of the book are available free of charge from many County Childcare Committees. The book, lesson plan and related material can be viewed online here.
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has advised people not to consume any part of a mushroom they have found in the wild, without consulting with an expert mushroom forager. It also warned parents to ensure children do not consume mushrooms that may be growing wild in gardens or fields.
This alert from the FSAI coincides with the start of the mushroom foraging season and a number of recent cases of food poisoning notified to the National Poisons Information Centre of Ireland related to wild mushroom consumption. In 2011, 22 cases of food poisoning related to wild mushrooms were notified and to date this year, there have been 7 cases.
According to Ray Ellard, Director of Consumer Protection, FSAI it can be extremely difficult for the amateur mushroom hunter to identify the safe mushrooms growing in the wild, as opposed to the poisonous varieties.
“Cooking does not kill the potentially toxic chemicals that can be found in some wild mushrooms. Eating a wild poisonous mushroom, raw or cooked, can result in people becoming very ill and indeed in some cases, can be life threatening. We strongly advise parents to teach children not to eat wild mushrooms and to specifically watch children who may be playing in gardens or fields where wild mushrooms could be growing, in case they accidently eat a poisonous mushroom,” Mr Ellard says.
“We are advising amateur mushroom hunters to seek specialist advice from an experienced mushroom forager if they plan to undertake this activity,” says Mr Ellard. “Websites and books showing visuals of mushrooms are not sufficient in our view to make a confirmed identification of a safe mushroom and we would not recommend people to solely rely on these as a guarantee of the safety of a wild mushroom,” he continues.
There are 14 native species of mushrooms growing in Ireland that can cause gastrointestinal upset and a further 13 species that are highly dangerous and can cause hepatic and renal toxicity and be ultimately life threatening.
The FSAI states that if people do gather their mushrooms in the wild, they need to be aware of the risks they are taking and should always enlist an expert for advice. Click here to read the FSAI press release.
Free Service to Dispose of Unused Medicines Properly (DUMP)
A free service to dispose of unused or out of date medicines will be available to the general public in Cork and Kerry from today, Monday 1st October to Friday, 9th November 2012.
The ‘Dispose of Unused Medicines Properly’ (DUMP) campaign has been organised by the HSE South with the community pharmacists in Cork and Kerry and is supported by Cork City Council, Cork County Council and Kerry County Council.
249 out of 256 pharmacies (97%) in Cork & Kerry are participating in the campaign and are actively encouraging people to return unwanted or out of date medicines to them so that it can be disposed of safely and properly.
Click here for more information.
Carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless and poisonous gas. Remember the three ways to protect against this silent killer.Remember the causes – Carbon Monoxide can be produced when ANY fuel is burnt, including oil, gas, wood and coal.
At this time of year we regularly get calls about young children who have eaten "red berries". Fortunately, severe poisoning in children is rare but the toxicity of berries depends on the particular plant species and the number of berries eaten. Prevention is always better than the cure so here are some ways you can keep your children safe:
Visit our Seasonal Hazards section for more information on autumn berriesSAY NO TO POISONS!
A “Say No to Poisons!” storybook and activity pack for pre-school children has been developed by the National Poisons Information Centre in collaboration with County Carlow VEC, the Health Service Executive and Early Childhood Ireland. The Minister for Children & Youth Affairs, Ms Frances Fitzgerald, launched the book at the Early Childhood Ireland conference in Dublin, on Irelands first Poisons Awareness Day (20th April 2012). The book is one element in a learning and teaching resource being made available to preschools throughout Ireland. Click here to view the "Say No to Poisons!" materials.
Our thanks to the HSE, Early Childhood Ireland and Carlow VEC Adult and Further Education for their support for this project. A special thank you to the staff and children in Carlow VEC Childcare Centre who piloted the storybook and related activities.
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