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General First Aid Advice for Poisonings

General First Aid Advice for Poisonings

In case of poisoning:

Please Note Please contact your local Poison Information Service immediately:

New Zealand: 0800 POISON (0800 764 766)
Find other centres here

Or seek medical advice from another health professional

Click below for first aid advice for poisons that are:

If Breathed In:

DO protect yourself from poisoning first
DO quickly move the person away from the gas or fumes into fresh air

If the person is unconscious put them into the recovery position:
Lie the person on their side (not their back) and make sure their head is lower than their body

Seek medical attention immediately

DO NOT try to rescue an unconscious person where a highly toxic or unknown gas is involved without a breathing apparatus. You may become a victim yourself


TOXINZ ( is the National Poisons Centre's Internet database containing information regarding toxic compounds and the management of poisoned patients.
For information on subscribing to TOXINZ, contact

University of Otago NZ National Poisons Centre

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