YOUNGSTOWN, Ariz. (October 03, 2022) – The Banner Poison and Drug Information Center recently recognized 10-year-old Abby LoManto for helping to save her dad’s life after he was bitten by a rattlesnake this past June.
After her father was bitten, LoManto did a quick Google search on what to do in case of a snake bite and then called the Banner Poison and Drug Information Center for further guidance. Peter Peil is a registered nurse at the Poison Center and answered her call saying LoManto displayed incredible calmness and attention to detail as she listened to his instructions.
Peil credits her quick thinking and listening skills as key factors that allowed LoManto’s father to be taken to Banner-University Medical Center Phoenix and treated by the medical toxicology team, where he went on to make a full recovery.
In honor of her actions, Peil presented LoManto with the “Poison Prevention Hero Award” Her parents and fellow Girl Scout troop were in attendance to see her receive the recognition.
As part of his visit with the LoManto and her fellow Girl Scouts, Peil gave a presentation sharing valuable information about what to do in the case of envenomation, the history of poison control centers, and who to contact in an emergency.
“Poison control centers are free, 24/7, and can provide expert advice and assistance on any poison exposure”, stated Maureen Roland, RN, Director of the Banner Poison and Drug Information Center. “Add poison control as a contact in your mobile phone so you are prepared in a poison emergency”.
About the Arizona Poison and Drug Information System
The Banner Poison and Drug Information Center in Phoenix and the Poison and Drug Information Center at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy in Tucson provide free and confidential poison and drug information to the public and health care professionals. The hotlines operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The two centers serve all of Arizona and are part of 55 centers across the nation that are accredited by American Association of Poison Control Centers. Call (800) 222-1222 from any location to reach the nearest poison center.
CUTLINE FOR ASSET: (Left to right) - Brian LoManto, Abby's father; Abby LoManto; Peter Peil, RN, Banner Poison & Drug Information Center