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Specialist, Poison Information I or II - UTMB

JOB SUMMARY: Specialist, Poison Information I or II

Serves as an advanced professional information resource to provide health professionals and the public with information on poisonous substances including assessing emergency situations (triage), referring individuals to appropriate treatment sources, and documenting all interactions. Also conducts educational and research projects to ensure the poison center operations meets regulatory requirements and the needs of users.

REQUIRED EDUCATION / EXPERIENCE:

Clinical Degree with RN, PharmD, NP, PA, or MD/DO that are registered and in good standing. Must have minimum one year experience in a Poison Center and possess a CSPI certification.

Certification/Registration/Licensure: Must have or maintain a current AAPCC – Certified Specialist in Poison Information (CSPI)

MAJOR DUTIES / CRITICAL TASKS:

  • Serves as an advanced resource to health professionals and the public related to potential poisonings by answering inquires (telephone calls and or other forms of communication) by providing consultation to include accurate assessment, information, direction, and assistance for the Texas Poison Center twenty-four hour statewide "hot line" and future forms of communication.

  • Actively participates, supervises, and assists as a specialist of poison information.

  • Maintains ongoing first-hand knowledge of professional practice and techniques.

  • Collects data according to hospital policies, standard practices of profession and in compliance with American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC).

  • Coordinates poison services, performs referral services, identification, makes diagnostic decisions, treatment, assessment and charting activities, conducts analysis, calculates patients’ toxicity level and performs follow-up communication. Maintains documentation and records and prepares reports. Ensures services meet Southeast Texas Poison Center (SETPC) and Texas Poison Center Network (TPCN) guidelines.

  • Consistently mentors staff and actively promotes the development of all staff, students, and self.

  • Assists in poison center research and education efforts.

  • Assists in toxicology research and poison center studies.

  • Assists in toxicology education efforts with university affiliates (e.g.: University of Texas College of Pharmacy, University of Houston College of Pharmacy, and The University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences).

  • Assists in developing and directing necessary quality assurance efforts in all aspects of poison center services.

  • Serves as a trainer and/or preceptor to newer staff member and rotating students.

  • Prepares and conducts an in-service educational program for the assigned department, at least once per year.

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