The Pittsburgh Poison Center is staffed by registered nurses, all of whom are either Specialists in Poison Information (SPIs) or Certified Specialists in Poison Information (CSPIs).
SPIs are newer staff members who are either progressing through the Poison Center orientation program or who have completed the program and are continuing with their first year to year and a half of work in the field.
CSPIs have completed this first year to year and a half of work in toxicology and have successfully passed the certification exam. CSPIs recertify every seven years and, in the interm, continue to broaden their knowlege of toxicology related subjects and new developments in the field.
SPIs and CSPIs work with both attending physicians and fellows who are affiliated with the UPMC Toxicology Program when additional consultation is required.
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