GIZ-Nord Poisons Center
University Medical Center Göttingen - Georg-August-Universität
Visiting address: Robert-Koch-Straße 40, Göttingen
Official Name in German:
Giftinformationszentrum-Nord der Länder Bremen, Hamburg, Niedersachsen und Schleswig-Holstein (GIZ-Nord)
- Georg-August-Universität -
Transduction en Francais:
Centre Antipoison du Nord (GIZ-Nord) - Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Göttingen, Georg-August-Universität
According the Chemicals Act of Germany the Bundesländer (federal states of Germany) have to constitute and support poison information centres, that give advice in cases of poisonings, collect data on poisonings and report on poisonings to a surveillance unit at the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment in Berlin.
The GIZ-Nord Poisons Center is the officially notified poisons centre for the four northwestern states of Germany, i.e. Bremen, Hamburg, Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein. Most of the GIZ-Nord financial budget is provided by the federal states.
The GIZ-Nord Poisons Center is part of the University Medical Center Göttingen (UMG) of the Georg-August-Universität.
As all German poisons centres the GIZ-Nord gives advice to the general public and to medical doctors treating poisoned patients. The service is available 24 hours a day. Toxicology trained medical doctors give advice. In the GIZ-Nord Poisons Centre, a nurse, two chemists, an IT specialist and two technicians support them.
Since 2004, cooperation between the GIZ-Nord Poisons Center and the Poisons Information Centre Erfurt has been established: Between 22:00 h and 08:00 h only one of the two cooperating units is on duty.
Dr. Martin Ebbecke and Priv.-Doz. Dr. Andreas Schaper are Medical Directors of the GIZ-Nord Poisons Center.
The GIZ-Nord serves 12.6 million people in Northern Germany, in 2007 it has answered 32.000 calls, 55 % of these from the public and 45 % from medical personnel.
Associated to the GIZ-Nord Poisons Center is the Göttingen Toxicological Laboratory that serves as an emergency analysis unit for the university hospital and for many regional hospitals. Samples from all regions of Germany are analysed for metformin, ethylene glycol, glycol ethers, and some further toxicological parameters. The GIZ-Nord Poisons Center and the Clinical Toxicology Laboratory together form the Pharmacological Toxicological Service Centre (PTS) of the UMG.
Staff members of GIZ-Nord Poisons Center are engaged in the activities of scientific associations, e.g. European Association of Poisons Centre and Clinical Toxicologists (EAPCCT), Gesellschaft für Klinische Toxikologie (Society for Clinical Toxicology, GfKT) and Gesellschaft für Toxikologische und Forensische Chemie (Society for Toxicologic and Forensic Chemistry, GTFCh).
The GIZ-Nord Poison Centre is member of the ASHT project group that develops a Rapid Alert System for Health Threats (RAS-CHEM). The European Commission (DG-SANCO) supports the ASHT project.
Official Mailing Address:
GIZ-Nord Poisons Center
University Medical Center Göttingen - Universität Göttingen
Robert-Koch-Straße 40, Göttingen