University opens toxicology
The University Health System
has opened the Center for Clinical Toxicology, the only center
of its kind in the state. A joint effort of the emergency medicine
department and the Health System, the center houses clinical,
research and educational programs related to toxicological emergencies
and occupational poisons. With its 24-hour physician coverage,
the center has a goal of offering its services to communities
where toxicological emergency care may not be available.
toxicology is a specialty area that allows for the identification
and treatment of chemical-induced disease, environmental and hazardous
material exposures, and other toxicological emergencies. It is
linked with poison centers, emergency departments, physicians
and public health departments throughout the state.
medical toxicologists at U.Va. will staff the center. Dr. Christopher
Holstege, director of the Division of Medical Toxicology, and
Dr. Mark Kirk, director of the medical toxicology fellowship program
and associate medical director of the Blue
Ridge Poison Center at the U.Va. Health System, are the only
two toxicologists practicing medical toxicology full-time in Virginia.