Radiologic/Nuclear Hazards

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has provided guidance for protection and recovery following incidents involving radiologic dispersal devices (RDD), Radiological Exposure Devices (REDs), Improvised nuclear devices and Nuclear Energy Accidents.


Radiological/Nuclear Event - Medical Facility Response

  1. Activate Radiologic Response Plan including notification of other regional medical facilities, and civilian authorities such as fire and rescue, police, Hazmat, city and county executives and health departments.
  2. Muster Radiological Emergency Medical Response Team - Members including Radiation Safety Officer and other specially trained staff.
  3. Contamination control
    1. locate contaminated patient intake, triage/decontamination to areas with restricted access to main facilities, if possible.
    2. Control ventilation
    3. Contain contaminated waste, linen, clothing, belongings
    4. Control runoff from decontamination as possible
  4. Assemble necessary supplies, personal protective equipment, distribute dosimeters.
  5. Nursing staff provide direct patient care for decontaminated patients, may assist with decontamination when appropriately trained. If contamination is identified while treating, continue to provide lifesaving care.

PPE for medical facility staff when contamination is known to be radioactive

Recognizing Acute Radiation Syndrome

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