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Title Assessing medical preparedness to respond to a terrorist nuclear event : workshop report / Committee on Medical Preparedness for a Terrorist Nuclear Event ; Georges C. Benjamin, Michael McGeary and Susan R. McCutchen, editors ; Board on Health Sciences Policy, Institute of Medicine of the National Academies
Published Washington, D.C. : National Academies Press, [2009]
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Description 1 online resource (168 pages) : illustrations
Contents Topic 1: Effects of a 10-kt ind detonation on human health and the area health care system -- Topic 2: Medical care of victims of the immediate and fallout effects of a 10-kt IND detonation -- Topic 3: Expected benefit of radiation countermeasures -- Topic 4: Protective actions and interventions in the event of a 10-kt IND detonation -- Topic 5: Risk communication, public reactions, and psychological consequences in the event of a 10-kt IND detonation -- Topic 6: Federal and state medical resources for responding to an IND event -- Topic 7: Current preparedness for responding to the immediate casualities of an IND event -- Topic 8: Current preparedness to prevent and treat the delayed casualties of an IND event
Summary "A nuclear attack on a large U.S. city by terrorists--even with a low-yield improvised nuclear device (IND) of 10 kilotons or less--would cause a large number of deaths and severe injuries. The large number of injured from the detonation and radioactive fallout that would follow would be overwhelming for local emergency response and health care systems to rescue and treat, even assuming that these systems and their personnel were not themselves incapacitated by the event. The United States has been struggling for some time to address and plan for the threat of nuclear terrorism and other weapons of mass destruction that terrorists might obtain and use. The Department of Homeland Security recently contracted with the Institute of Medicine to hold a workshop, summarized in this volume, to assess medical preparedness for a nuclear detonation of up to 10 kilotons. This book provides a candid and sobering look at our current state of preparedness for an IND, and identifies several key areas in which we might begin to focus our national efforts in a way that will improve the overall level of preparedness."--Publisher's description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences and the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security HSHQDC-08-C-00014
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Subject Disaster medicine -- United States.
Emergency management -- United States.
Emergency medical services -- United States.
Radiation injuries -- United States.
Terrorism -- Health aspects -- United States.
Civil Defense.
Disaster Planning.
Emergency Medical Services.
Mass Casualty Incidents.
Nuclear Warfare.
Radiation Injuries.
United States.
Genre/Form Congress.
Technical reports.
Conference papers and proceedings.
Form Electronic book
Author Benjamin, Georges.
McCutchen, Susan R.
McGeary, Michael G. H.
Institute of Medicine (U.S.). Committee on Medical Preparedness for a Terrorist Nuclear Event.
ISBN 0309130891 (electronic bk.)
9780309130899 (electronic bk.)