In this training, representatives from the CDC National Center for Environmental Health will discuss the national surveillance capability to better detect and respond to chemical, environmental, drug, foodborne, biological and radiological exposures and illnesses of potential public health significance using the National Poison Data System (NPDS). The National Poison Data System is owned and operated by the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC). Since 2001, CDC and AAPCC have developed methods to use NPDS data for near, real-time surveillance of exposures to hazardous substances of potential public health significance. CDC uses NPDS to:
- Improve national surveillance for chemical, environmental, drug, foodborne, biological and radiological exposures and illness of potential public health significance
- Identify early markers of chemical, environmental, drug, foodborne, biological and radiological events in order to provide an effective and rapid public heath response
- Identify and track exposures and cases of illness during an emerging or known public health threat
Also to be discussed is the Poison Center and Public Health Collaborations Community of Practice, a platform for federal, state, and local public health agencies, CDC, AAPCC, and regional Poison Centers (PCs) to share ideas, interests and ways to work together to enhance public health hazardous exposure and illness surveillance. As community membership continues to grow, the Community of Practice will increasingly become an invaluable resource in bolstering collaboration between PC and local, state and federal public health department/organizations to improve public health surveillance and practice. The community currently has over 200 members.
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) will present "Increasing the use of Poison Centers by the Federal and State Regional Response Team (RRT) in Region 6 to provide medical and public health support". Highlight the development of the Poison Control Activation Guidance document, communication through the RRT6, and the use of the Poison Center 24/7 hotline by the EPA Federal On-Scene Coordinators during a HAZMAT response.