June 8, 2021
From May 25-27, 2021, ORISE’s Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site (REAC/TS) hosted an abbreviated, online version of its Radiation Emergency Medicine (REM) course. Normally lasting three and half days, the MicroREM course lasted a total of 12 hours. It included 84 participants from around the world, representing a variety of medical disciplines, health physics personnel, emergency managers/planners and researchers from a variety of organizations including DOE, Department of Defense, industry, universities, prehospital and hospital facilities.
REAC/TS Director Dr. Carol Iddins kicked off the course which focuses on the fundamentals of medical care and management of patients involved in radiological or nuclear incidents. Topics included basic radiation physics; radiation detection/measurement/identification; early evaluation and treatment of acute radiation syndrome (ARS), cutaneous injuries, and internal contamination; prehospital and hospital readiness; and patient decontamination.
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