Research & Data Collection

The Georgia Poison Center contributes to a number of research projects involving the epidemiology, diagnosis, management and prevention of poisonings. All calls coming into the center are recorded and stored as digital files. Each encounter is also entered into an electronic records program where it is stored as a confidential medical record.

The electronic record and information contained in these records are then translated into the information required for submission to the American Association of Poison Control Center’s National Poison Data System, the single largest database of poisonings in the United States. This data is then used to analyze and monitor trends and facilitate the development of prevention and awareness strategies.