Canadian guide on medical management of radiation emergencies: H129-49/2015E-PDF

"During a radiation emergency, a significant number of emergency responders and the public may become externally exposed to radiation, contaminated with radioactive materials, or both. Timely screening and treatment of the affected population are important components of emergency response and consequence management. This Canadian guide on medical management of radiation emergencies provides a common framework from which hospitals, public health authorities and emergency management organizations can base their response plans. This guide addresses many radiation emergency scenarios that can lead to mass exposures of people, such as nuclear power reactor accidents or intentional use of radiological dispersal devices. However, catastrophic events, such as the detonation of an improvised nuclear device, are beyond the scope of this guide. This guide covers basic information on the following: hazards associated with radiation emergencies, radiation health effects, radiation detection and measurement, protection of workers, and management of radiation emergencies in Canada. It focusses on the early medical management of radiation emergencies during the pre-hospital and Emergency Department responses. Annexes provide specific technical information such as procedures for contamination control and decontamination, population screening, casualty decontamination, emergency room setup, and casualty assessment, and forms for ordering specialized tests. The information contained in these annexes can be adapted by users to create aide-memoires for use during radiation emergencies"--Executive summary, p. 3.

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Department/Agency Health Canada.
Title Canadian guide on medical management of radiation emergencies
Publication Type Monograph
Language [English]
Other Language Editions [French]
Format Electronic
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Note Issued also in French under title: Guide canadien sur la gestion médicale des urgences radiologiques. Cover title. "Publication date: May 2015”--Verso of cover.
Date 2015.
Number of Pages 155 p. :
ISBN 978-0-660-02517-9
Catalogue Number
  • H129-49/2015E-PDF
Departmental Catalogue Number 150027
Subject Terms Radiation, Disasters, Emergency preparedness, Health care system