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Hospital Triage in the First 24 Hours after a Nuclear or Radiological Disaster

Medical professionals with the Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site (REAC/TS) at the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) authored an article that addresses the problems emergency physicians would likely face in the event of a nuclear or radiological catastrophe.

The article specifically covers actions that would need to occur so that reasonable decisions are made during the critical triage period. A brief introductory explanation of radiation injury is followed by practical guides for managing the focused history, physical exam, laboratory tests, initial treatment and disposition of victims of acute radiation syndrome and combined injury.

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