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Kentucky Regional Poison Control Center

Louisville Science Center Staff and Brooke Wilson, Education Program Coordinator at the Kentucky Regional Poison Control Center (far right) unveil the Poison Safety Learning Cart in the Science Center.

Insulin Safety Project: The Kentucky Regional Poison Control Center (KRPCC) worked with the Kentucky Pharmacists Association to address the growing incidence of insulin therapeutic errors in the adult population. In an effort to raise awareness about the issue, the KRPCC targeted pharmacists and asked for their collaboration in educating patients about insulin errors and insulin dependence. KRPCC created a pamphlet and asked pharmacists to attach it to insulin prescriptions. The pamphlet describes what to do in case of an insulin mistake, provides tips to prevent such mistakes, and promotes the KRPCC as a resource.

Interactive Touch-Screen “Pick the Poison” Game: The KRPCC developed an interactive multi-lingual game using the concept of "poison look-alikes for children and their parents. With two touch screen monitors, users choose between two “look-alike” products; one of which is safe and one of which is a medicine or poisonous product. Two characters, “Pete” and “Penelope”, narrate safety messages and responses after each set of items. Currently located in the lobby of Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, KY, this interactive tool helps reinforce how easy it is to mistake medication and poisonous products for everyday items considered to be safe.  

Louisville Science Center’s Poison Educational “Hands-On” Cart: The KRPCC designed and built an interactive poison safety learning cart that has become a permanent exhibit at the Louisville Science Center. The cart includes information about where and how poisons get into the body, a “look-alike” demonstration using hands-on examples of common household poisons, and a first-aid guide on what to do if a poisoning occurs. Targeted to young children and their families, the cart also contains poison prevention literature including pamphlets, stickers, and magnets for each child and family to take home with them.

Amish Poison Safety Flyer Creation/Distribution: KRPCC worked with leaders in the Amish Community to create education materials specific to the risks (lamp oil/kerosene and lye) prevalent in their community. Distribution methods were also tailored to that population and included partnering with local health departments to reach targeted counties with significant Amish populations. Because the Amish do not use modern technology, the KRPCC relied on local health department contacts to identify stores, restaurants, and other locations frequented by this community for material distribution points.