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Thomson Reuters Helps Poison Control Centers and the CDC Monitor Radiation Exposure in Aftermath of Japan’s Earthquake


Ann Arbor, MI, — Thomson Reuters has provided the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) with information technology to help monitor radiation exposures related to the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Thomson Reuters, at the request of CDC and the AAPCC, activated a temporary code in its POISINDEX® System to assist in tracking calls to poison centers regarding radiation exposure. Having a separate code for this incident will assist with overall surveillance and reporting by the AAPCC and the CDC in real time.

“This unique tracking code will help us assess possible health risks associated with the disaster in Japan,” said Dr. Alvin C. Bronstein, director of surveillance for the AAPCC. “As a result of the rapid response from Thomson Reuters, we were quickly positioned to respond to any exposures.”

Thomson Reuters and the AAPCC have a longstanding relationship, as Poisindex is used in all 57 U.S. poison centers to help medical personnel manage and treat toxic exposures. The Poisindex System, part of the Micromedex suite of evidence-based clinical reference solutions, identifies ingredients in hundreds of thousands of commercial, biological, and pharmaceutical products and links that information to data on clinical effects, range of toxicity, and treatment protocols for exposure.

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