Perform Lifesaving Tasks Before Managing Radiation Problems
- Managing victims with contamination
- Managing victims with exposure
- Rescuing victims with exposure should occur only after
- Victims who have been exposed but not contaminated do not pose a threat to rescuers or health care providers.
- After a nuclear detonation, widespread, high radiation levels in the environment may
- Preclude rescue efforts in certain Zones of Response.
- Limit work time in other areas, at least initially
- Radiation safety personnel and incident managers should maximize the health and safety of responders by
- Smith JM, Ansari A, Harper FT. Hospital management of mass radiological casualties: reassessing exposures from contaminated victims of an exploded radiological dispersal device. Health Phys. 2005 Nov;89(5):513-20. [PubMed Citation]
- Harper FT, Musolino SV, Wente WB. Realistic radiological dispersal device hazard boundaries and ramifications for early consequence management decisions. Health Phys. 2007 Jul;93(1):1-16. [PubMed Citation]
- Musolino SV, Harper FT. Emergency Response Guidance for the First 48 Hours after the Outdoor Detonation of an Explosive Radiological Device. Health Physics 2006 Apr;90(4):377-85. [PubMed Citation]
- Planning Guidance for Response to a Nuclear Detonation, Second edition, 6/2010 (PDF - 2.62 MB) (National Security Staff, Interagency Policy Coordination Subcommittee for Preparedness & Response to Radiological and Nuclear Threats)