Tennessee Poison Center Archives
Increase seen in children ingesting THC-infused edibles
Jul. 28, 2022—Clinicians at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt are seeing an increase in the number of young children requiring treatment after ingesting THC-infused products.
Tennessee Poison Center director Seger retires
Jan. 27, 2022— by Kylie Avery Donna Seger, MD, retired in December 2021 after working for 33 years at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the Tennessee Poison Center (TPC). Seger began her career at VUMC in 1988 in the Department of Emergency Medicine, becoming professor of Clinical Medicine and Emergency Medicine. She served as medical and executive...
Zantac recalled for carcinogen levels above FDA standards
Nov. 27, 2019—The popular heartburn drug ranitidine, commonly known as Zantac, was voluntarily recalled due to the contamination of a human carcinogen that could potentially cause cancer. The recall includes oral tablets, capsules, and syrup.
Team Hope collects 35 pounds of medication at ‘Take Back Day’ event
May. 9, 2019—About 35 pounds of over-the-counter and prescription medication were collected on April 12 at a Drug Take Back event hosted by Team Hope, in collaboration with the Tennessee Poison Center and Vanderbilt University Police Department.
Tennessee Poison Center celebrates 30th anniversary
Feb. 12, 2018—The Tennessee Poison Center (TPC) is celebrating its 30th anniversary this month, following a year in which it received more than 50,000 emergency calls from residents, healthcare professionals, emergency departments and intensive care units.
Tennessee Poison Center urges care at Thanksgiving
Nov. 22, 2016—Thanksgiving is a holiday filled with family, friends, football and feasting. Unfortunately, it is also a day of hidden hazards. The staff at the Tennessee Poison Center (TPC), housed at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, anticipates receiving about 135 to 145 poison exposure calls and five to 10 information calls this Thanksgiving season. Cheri Wessels, clinical...
Tennessee Poison Center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center saved an estimated $8 million in taxpayer Emergency Department costs, study says
Nov. 2, 2016—The Tennessee Poison Center, housed at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, saved taxpayers of Tennessee an estimated $8 million last year by preventing unnecessary emergency department (ED) visits, according to a survey conducted by the Center. The survey asked people who phoned the Poison Center in July, “Would you have gone to the ED if Tennessee...
Academy lauds Seger’s achievements in toxicology
Sep. 15, 2016—Donna Seger, M.D., professor of Clinical Medicine and Emergency Medicine and medical and executive director of the Tennessee Poison Center, has received the Career Achievement Award from the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology (AACT) for her contributions to the organization and achievements in the field of toxicology.
Tennessee Poison Center at Vanderbilt warns about hazards of fuels at backyard barbecues
Jun. 1, 2016—As summer heats up along with grills at backyard barbecues, health officials are stressing safety when using common fuels and accelerants.
Tennessee Poison Center at Vanderbilt sees rise in children ingesting essential oils
May. 10, 2016—The Tennessee Poison Center (TPC) housed at Vanderbilt University Medical Center reported the number of essential oil exposures doubled between 2011 and 2015 and 80 percent of cases involved children.
Tennessee Poison Center warns about dangers of ‘dewshine’
Jan. 29, 2016—A lethal concoction of racing fuel and Mountain Dew claimed the lives of two Tennessee teens and has sparked the Tennessee Poison Center (TPC) to warn about the lethality of what has been called “Dewshine.” The Tennessee Poison Center, housed at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, was involved in the care of four Robertson County teenagers...
Tennessee Poison Center names its “top five” poisons of the year and offers safety tips
Dec. 23, 2015—The leading cause of injury death in Tennessee is not motor vehicle crashes, gunshot wounds or drowning—it is poisoning. And the main source of that poisoning is not the furniture polish or drain cleaner stored under the kitchen sink (dangerous as those are)—the main source of poisoning is analgesic drugs, according to Donna Seger, M.D.,...