July 13, 2021
The American College of Medical Toxicology and the Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site (REAC/TS), in partnership with the United States Environmental Protection Agency and County of San Diego Hazardous Incident Response Team, recently offered a virtual Agents of Opportunity course. The Office of Emergency Management, within the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry and the National Center for Environmental Health at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, supported the development of this unique course to familiarize health care providers and responders with toxic exposures to chemicals and radioactive materials.
The course reviewed the medical and psychological consequences of exposures to a variety of chemical and radiological materials. It included practical information regarding scene safety for such agents as high potency fentanyl analogs, inhaled irritants, and proper decontamination of a patient contaminated with radiological material.
The course had 687 registrants from the United States, Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America with participants representing a myriad of medical, response, and planning disciplines both civilian and military.
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