Establish if patient has been decontaminated
If patient has received decontamination, they may proceed into the ED for treatment and observation
If patient has NOT received prior decontamination, decontamination must be accomplished prior to the patient entering the ED.
If the facility has a decontamination room with negative air pressure and floor drains, patient may undergo decontamination inside of the facility.
If patients are able, allow them to participate in their own decontamination.
Clothing should be removed and double bagged in plastic.
Refer to protocols for specific decontamination for each agent.
ED Personnel Attire:
Staff must insure that the local health department and law enforcement agencies have been notified.
Nerve agents can cause death from respiratory failure within minutes of exposure.