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Press Releases > ACMT and the Global Educational Toxicology Uniting Project (GETUP) Collaborate to Advance Care of Poisoned Patients Worldwide - April 29, 2014

ACMT and the Global Educational Toxicology Uniting Project (GETUP) Collaborate to Advance Care of Poisoned Patients Worldwide - April 29, 2014

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Collaborate to Advance Care of Poisoned Patients Worldwide
The American College of Medical Toxicology is working with The Global Educational
Toxicology Uniting Project (GETUP) to promote medical toxicology education and specialized
patient care worldwide. The GETUP initiative connects clinicians in countries with established
clinical toxicology services to those in countries without these services.
 
Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) April 29, 2014 -- The American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT), through its
International Committee, is working with the Global Educational Toxicology Uniting Project (GETUP) as part
of an international effort to break down boundaries to medical toxicologyeducation and patient care in
developing countries. GETUP directly connects clinicians with different backgrounds and access to resources
through videoconferencing in order to share experiences in managing patients with poisoning resulting from
acute and chronic exposure to medications, chemicals, venoms, and environmental toxins. As a result, it
promotes education of all participants as they discuss toxicologic diagnoses common to some regions but rare
to others, as well as the management of mutually common conditions with and without the benefit of treatments
such as advanced antidotes. According to Project Director Anselm Wong, MD, “Discussing basic management
principles and mechanisms of toxicity can help change patient outcomes even in the most challenging remote
circumstances.”
 
GETUP was piloted in 2013 by medical toxicologistsand emergency physicians from three centers, including
the Austin Hospital Toxicology Service in Victoria, Australia, UCSF-Fresno Toxicology Service in California,
USA, and Colonial War Memorial Hospital, in Suva, Fiji. “Poisoning is an under-recognized burden to global
health, similar to many neglected tropical diseases,” says Rais Vohra, MD, chair of the ACMT International
Committee. “Part of the problem is that many poisonings and exposures occur in countries and regions that lack
medical toxicologists or poison control centers. With the GETUP project, we are able to discuss case-based
management and toxicology research updates with our member sites using free videoconferencing software. This is a pathway to building poisoningmanagement expertise where people most need it, and that will have a
positive impact on human poisoning.”
 
The GETUP Project is now expanding beyond the pilot phase and enrolling more sites worldwide. The project
currently includes 26 centers in 14 countries. GETUP is open to new registrants, and welcomes health care
centers with and without expertise in human poisoning to become involved. Interested parties can register
through the website www.acmt.net/GETUP.html.
 
The American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) is a professional, nonprofit association of physicians
with recognized expertise in medical toxicology. The College is dedicated to advancing the science and practice
of medical toxicology.