Monday, June 6, 2016

Dr. Wall is featured on the Crain’s Chicago Business article regarding the state budget crisis causing hospitals and practices to have significant financial debt due to the lack of payment from the state for healthcare services. The link is below:


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There will be an event on social media tomorrow from 1-2 p.m tomorrow for parents encouraging the avoidance of using laundry pods to reduce the risk of accidental ingestion.  You can join by using hashtag  #PassOnPackets.

Laundry and detergent packs are convenient but pose a real danger for children.   To children these pods may look like candy…colorful and to some young children very tempting.   The chemical in these pods can burn a child’s airway, throat and/or stomach. 

Researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus Ohio report that U.S. poison control centers received over 17,000 reports of children 6 years of age or younger who had become exposed to the chemicals within the pods.  Of these children, the vast majority were just 1-2 years of age.  

Every day, one child is hospitalized due to injuries from laundry pods.  These young children are just doing what comes naturally….putting everything in their mouths.   Injuries were severe enough to land many of them in intensive care and had to be intubated.  A few children became comatose while others had to be put on ventilators.  Unfortunately, one child succumbed to their injuries.

Most of the time children accessed the pods when their parent took the pod out for the next load of laundry and left it where a child could reach….a folding table or a laundry basket for example.  If you are going to use them it is important to keep them out of reach until you are ready to throw it into the washer or dishwasher.

Since children tend to get into everything, keep poison control’s number handy  (1-800-222-1222).

More info can be found at:
http://www.aappublications.org/news/2016/04/25/Detergent042516


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