The National Library of Medicine has announced the release of a PDA software tool designed to help first responders when they arrive at a hazardous material (Hazmat) incident, such as a chemical spill. WISER (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders) provides the emergency responder with critical information on hazardous substances, including physical characteristics, human health data, and containment and suppression information.
The operational versions of WISER for Palm OS and for Pocket PC are now available without charge for downloading to users’ PDAs at http ://wiser.nlm.nih.gov . A desktop version will be available later this spring, and a web-based version is also being developed.
The full press release can be found at: