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A Poisons Information Data Base

  • M. D. Mann
  • G. F. R. Ellis
  • I. A. Campbell
  • S. F. Roussouw
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Medical Informatics book series (LNMED, volume 24)

Abstract

Poisoning is a common accident of childhood, particularly between the ages of 2 and 3 years. The poisons include drugs, household cleaning agents, products used by the home handyman and in the garden, cosmetics, the leaves, bulbs and berries of plants, and insect and animal stings and bites. When the patient presents for treatment, the name of the substance may be known but the adults accompanying the child often use a trade or common name to identify the poison. Many of these names are only used in a particular community or relatively small geographical area and identification using the terminology found in textbooks and review articles may be difficult. In practice these sources of information are often of limited value to those responsible for the initial treatment of the patient. A locally developed system with information recorded on cards is frequently more useful but it is difficult to maintain and, in particular, cross index a large system. We therefore designed and developed a specialized information retrieval system to run on a microcomputer.

Keywords

Caustic Soda Verification Status Primary Category Cross Index Toxic Group 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

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Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. D. Mann
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • G. F. R. Ellis
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • I. A. Campbell
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • S. F. Roussouw
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Poisons Information Centre ProjectUniversity of Cape TownRondeboschSouth Africa
  2. 2.Institute of Child HealthUniversity of Cape TownRondeboschSouth Africa
  3. 3.Department of Paediatrics and Child HealthUniversity of Cape TownRondeboschSouth Africa

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