Exposure and Symptom Triage (EAST) Tool to Assess Radiation Exposure After a Nuclear Detonation

Exposure and Symptom Triage (EAST) Tool to Assess Radiation Exposure After a Nuclear Detonation



Exposure and Symptom Triage (EAST) Tool to Assess Radiation Exposure After a Nuclear Detonation (Can print normal size or make large poster for wall - 2 pages) (PDF - 365 KB)


Source: Hick JL, Bader JL, Coleman CN, Ansari AJ, Chang A, Salame-Alfie A, Hanfling D, Koerner JF. Proposed "Exposure And Symptom Triage" (EAST) Tool to Assess Radiation Exposure After a Nuclear Detonation. Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2018 Jun;12(3):386-395. [PubMed Citation]

  • Notes about this tool
    • This proposed tool has not been validated in a real-world radiation incident.
    • It is not "binary" with respect to triage decision; it is more of a risk matrix than a decision tool.
    • It has limited predictive value compared to serial absolute lymphocyte counts and definitive biodosimetry tests, but it
      • Is better than "ad hoc" decisions
      • Provides planning and implementation structure
      • Provides a level of fairness and consistency


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