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webPOISONCONTROL: A Novel Consumer Product Safety and Industry Surveillance Tool

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webPOISONCONTROL® is a free online tool and app that provides immediate triage recommendations and automated follow-up for acute, unintentional exposures to a vast array of products and substances. It was created for those who cannot or will not call Poison Control but still need its help for suspected poisonings, bringing the expertise of Poison Control to consumers where they want it - online.

webPOISONCONTROL has managed more than 537,000 exposures to common substances like personal care products, cleaning products, medicines and homeopathic remedies, pesticides and insecticides, plants, bites and stings, recreational substances, and more. Join us if you are curious about the data that drive the recommendations provided to consumers by the tool, and how you can work with us. Together we can ensure consumers get the most appropriate guidance for possible poisonings.

In this webinar presenters will:

  • Briefly describe the U.S. Poison Control System.
  • Demonstrate the consumer-facing side of webPOISONCONTROL.
  • Explain how the tool determines the potential toxicity of consumer products and advises users, and how companies can help us make sure our information on their products is correct.
  • Show trends and descriptive statistics in the webPOISONCONTROL data set using a real-time exposure surveillance dashboard.

Webinar Objectives

  • To make CHPA members aware of webPOISONCONTROL as a tool that their consumers are using to get help with unintentional exposures to their products.
  • To show how NCPC's toxicologists decide what is conveyed to webPOISONCONTROL users in terms of triage recommendation and first aid advice.
  • To demonstrate how NCPC and its partners use a real-time data surveillance dashboard to monitor exposures.


  • Kelly Johnson-Arbor

    Dr. Johnson-Arbor is board certified in Emergency Medicine, Medical Toxicology, and Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine. Currently, she serves as the medical director of hyperbaric medicine at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC, and is co-medical director of National Capital Poison Center. Dr. Johnson-Arbor maintains medical toxicology and hyperbaric medicine clinics at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, and regularly teaches medical toxicology and hyperbaric medicine topics to third- and fourth-year medical students, residents, and pharmacology students. She is an associate faculty member of the MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety (MIQS). She is active in professional medical societies and has served as secretary/treasurer of the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine since 2017. Dr. Johnson-Arbor is an instructor for introductory hyperbaric medicine courses, has authored multiple published medical articles on toxicology and hyperbaric medicine related topics, and enjoys speaking on these subjects as well. Her current research interests include heavy metal poisoning, the impact of hyperbaric oxygen administration on Eustachian tube function, and the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in the bloodless medicine population.

  • Krista Osterthaler

    Krista Osterthaler, MPH, is the Director of Strategic Partnerships for the National Capital Poison Center in Washington, DC, the nonprofit organization that developed webPOISONCONTROL. In addition to her master’s degree in Public Health, Krista has a Graduate Certificate in Epidemiology from The George Washington University. Krista began her career as a high school biology teacher, first joining poison control as a poisoning prevention educator in 2011. Krista has since served as a Vice President for the American Association of Poison Control Centers, Chair of the National Poisoning Prevention Council, and Director of Programs and Research at Safe Kids Worldwide.

May 6, 2021
Thu 1:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 0M

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