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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 in Eyes:

Flush with room-temperature water for at least 15 minutes
Get an eye examination performed at your Medical Centre or Hospital.

DO NOT use an eye bath solution or eye drops
This may react with the chemical in the eye
Eye baths and drops do not contain enough water to flush the eye

DO NOT use a shower to flush the eye
High pressure showers may cause pain to the eye


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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