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Poison Prevention2006 Navind Oodit Amanda Smolen Janine Kosmoski Faculty Advisor: Karl Fiebelkorn
Background: • National Poison Prevention Week is March 19-25 2006. • The Poison Prevention Council members define the week as: ‘a special week to organize events that raise awareness of the dangers of unintentional poisonings, as well as steps that can be taken to prevent accidental poisonings in the first place.’ - from www.poisonprevention.org
Where: • We will be adopting these goals set forth by the Poison Prevention Council and presenting this information to local elementary schools and distributing poison prevention information to local pharmacies.
When: • School presentations are tentatively scheduled for mid-February through March (excluding Spring Break). • You will be required to visit local pharmacies in late February or early March.
Why? – In March 2005, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) released a report stating: “About 78,000 children under five years old visited U.S. hospital emergency rooms due to unintentional poisonings in 2003 – about one every seven minutes, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported today. Most of these poisonings included products commonly found in the home.”
Pharmacy Care • This program is a requirement of the Pharm. D. program at UB and will be incorporated into your Pharmacy Care (PHM 316) grade in the spring. • Failure to participate will effect your Pharmacy Care grade. • Work is not an excuse for missing these presentations. • If you are not in Pharmacy Care you are exempt from the program this year.
Requirements • The first requirement is to visit local elementary schools and speak with pre-K through first graders about Poison Prevention. • You will be assigned to a group of 3 or 4 students, based on your class schedule. • Exact dates, times and locations of these presentations will be announced in late January to early February. • The number of presentations that each group will present will be determined when the schools are confirmed. • Each group will be required to go to multiple classrooms in 2 to 3 schools.
Transportation • You are responsible for your own transportation • Car pooling is an option • Directions to the schools will be provided • Map out your route prior to your scheduled presentation especially if you are car pooling • Prepare for bad weather • Do not be late due to travel, you’re on their schedule
Schedule • Schedule will be posted in late January or early February • Most elementary schools are in session from 8 to 4, you will not be scheduled after 4. • Most of you will be scheduled Tuesday or Thursday opposite your lab day. A few groups may have MWF outings • There will be no presentations during spring break (March13-17). • You cannot miss class to do your presentations
Presentations • Each group will be required to create a 10-15 minute presentation about Poison Prevention, geared toward 4- to 6-year-olds. • All groups will present this to us and your peers at a mandatory All-School, February 16th and 18th.
Your presentation must include: • What is a poison? • A poison is anything that can hurt you if it is used in the wrong way. • Products that can be poisons if misused. • The 5 routes of poisoning: • In the eyes • On the skin • By mouth • Breathed in through nose • Insect stings/ bites
Presentation Requirements Cont’d • Medicine can be harmful if misused or belongs to someone else. • Always ask adults before using a product. • Explain the role of the pharmacist. • Explain what to do in the event of a poisoning: • Tell an adult right away. • Call the Poison Control Center. • 1 (800) 222-1222 • Explain the role of the Poison Control Center.
Some Suggestions For Your Presentations… • Be organized!!! • Know who will speak first. • Know who will say what and when. • Know who will answer questions.
Suggestions • Visuals! • Remember, these are young children! • Use simple games/ hands-on activities. • Look-alikes, velcro games, etc. • Anything that could possibly be a poison must be in a closed container! • Use cartoon characters/ puppets. • SpongeBob SquarePants, Blues Clues, Sesame Street, etc. (Keep themes universal so that all children will relate to characters). • Use lots of bright colors.
Suggestions • Speaking • Don’t lecture! • Whoever is speaking must be able to speak clearly. • Modulate your voice level. • Speak slowly, simply and clearly. • Use general terms. • i.e. Say “medicine” instead of “aspirin”.
Suggestions • Keeping Their Attention • Use eye contact. • Use a rhyme. • i.e. 1-2-3, eyes on me! • Praise good behavior. • “Look at how well you are listening.” • ‘I’ll need a helper later so I’ll be looking for the best listener in the class.”
Suggestions cont’d • Length • 10-15 minutes at the most. • You will only have a limited amount of time in the classrooms and it is important that you run on time. • Consider shortening/ scaling down your presentations for the preschoolers and vice versa.
Suggestions cont’d • You may bring small rewards for the students. • Use in games, etc. • Absolutely NO candy or food! • Food allergies, school policy. • Teachers prefer stickers, erasers, etc.
Requirements • The second requirement of the program will be to take information about Poison Prevention to local pharmacies. • A signup sheet will be posted on the door of the Poison Prevention Office. • Once you sign up for a pharmacy, it is your responsibility to pick up the materials and deliver them to that particular pharmacy. • You must bring back a signed business card from the pharmacist on duty as proof that you were there. • This will take place the week of March 19th.
Key Points to Remember • You will be representing UB and the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, so please remember to dress and act like professionals. • The classroom teachers will be evaluating your presentations. • Dress Professionally • Use universal themes and items. • Keep in mind your target audience. • BE CREATIVE!!!
Some Useful Websites • www.pharmacy.buffalo.edu/poison • www.aapcc.org • www.cpsc.gov • www.ipl.org/youth/poisonsafe • www. poisonprevention.org
Contacts: • Navind Oodit email@example.com • Amanda Smolen firstname.lastname@example.org • Janine Kosmoski email@example.com