Managing Hazardous Materials Incidents, Volume II (Revised): Hospital Emergency Departments: A Planning Guide for the Management of Contaminated Patients [open pdf - 2MB]
This is the second of a three volume set on Managing Hazardous Materials Incidents. This document is divided into three sections - 1. Systems Approach to Planning, 2. Emergency Department Response to Hazardous Materials Incidents, and 3. Patient Management. Current training curricula for emergency room physicians and nurses and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) often do not adequately prepare these professionals to manage the contaminated individual or to decontaminate patients exposed to toxic substances. Accurate, specific, and concise guidance is needed to describe appropriate procedures to be followed by emergency medical personnel to safely care for a patient, as well as to protect equipment, hospital personnel, patients, and others from risk of secondary exposure. This volume, written for emergency department personnel, is designed to familiarize readers with the concepts, terminology, and key operational considerations that affect the management of incidents of chemical contamination. It presents uniform guidance for the emergency care of chemically contaminated patients; provides basic information critical to advance planning and implementation of emergency medical strategies; illustrates the characteristics of hazardous materials incidents that compel modifications to traditional emergency response procedures; and presents effective preparatory response actions.
Managing Hazardous Materials Incidents