The National Poisons Centre has implemented a new Jade database.
The Substance Database has information on 57,000 poisons and hazardous chemicals, plus treatments, used by the centre to answer the 22,000 calls the centre receives each year.
Dr John Fountain, medical toxicologist at the centre, says the upgrade was made because a faster system than the mainframe which was used previously was needed.
The new database also makes it easier to publish a CD-ROM version, which can be made available to other hospitals in New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific.
The next plan is to make an Internet version of the database for subscribers. The system is managed by Jade Direct’s Christchurch operations centre and deployed to the Poisons Centre’s call centre using Jade Smart thin client technology.