PMC Pharmacy Staff Visits Area Schools During Poison Prevention Week
Posted: 26 March, 2013
WAYNE - In observance of National Poison Prevention Week March 17-23, members of the Providence Medical Center Pharmacy Department visited Wayne Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Grade students as well as Mrs. Loetscher's first grade at Winside, Mrs. Straight's Kindergarten in Winside and the Wayne New Beginnings Preschool.
“Children are naturally curious and busy. I really wanted to reach out to the younger kids and make sure they know that poisons can look like food or drink so they must ask an adult before eating or drinking,” Keri Carlson, CPhT said. “I also think it’s important that kids know medicine is not candy and it should only be given to them by an adult.”
“I wanted to make sure the 4th 5th and 6th graders who are starting to babysit and who have younger siblings at home knew what to do if an accidental poisoning did occur,” Kimberly Bentjen, PMC Pharmacy Director said. “Giving them the knowledge of what to do in the first few seconds of an accident is very important. I had a great time working with kids and they had such great questions!”
The students also received a visit from Pinky the elephant, while learning about poison prevention.