Subject Matter Expertise on Medical Management of Radiation Incidents REAC/TS radiation emergency medicine experts are on call 24 hours a day/7 days a week

The Radiation Emergency Assistance Center Training Site (REAC/TS) at the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education is always on call to provide expertise to medical providers and first responders worldwide regarding the medical aspects of a radiological or nuclear incident. As a DOE/NNSA deployable asset, REAC/TS can provide emergency response services in a radiological/nuclear event. Specialized response teams consist of physicians, nurse/paramedics and health physicists. Each team is comprised based on the needs of the response and is on call 24 hours a day/seven days a week.

REAC/TS maintains more than 45 years of experience providing emergency response and consultation on radiation illnesses and injuries

Teams at REAC/TS provide advice and subject matter expertise regarding rapid dose assessment, radiological and medical triage, diagnosis and medical management of radiological/nuclear incidents. REAC/TS response teams deploy with advanced medical equipment and remain up to date in advanced medical and trauma life support.

REAC/TS professionals engage in national level exercises, tabletop exercises and exercise events for other agencies and facilities that involve radiological/nuclear materials, providing expertise on medical management. In the event of an actual radiological/nuclear incident, health physicists from REAC/TS and ORISE can provide dose and event reconstruction, which are critical steps in understanding radiation exposure and determining appropriate treatments.

REAC/TS supports the international community as the only Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center for radiation emergency management and participates in WHO Radiation Emergency Medical Preparedness and Assistance Network (REMPAN). REAC/TS is also an active member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Radiation Assistance Network (RANET).

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REAC/TS instructors participate in radiological incident training in Estonia

This spring, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) returned to its normal cadence of in-person training by conducting an International Medical Management of Radiation Injuries Course in Tallinn, Estonia. The I-MED course was the first in-person engagement of its kind since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and featured personnel from ORISE’s Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site and the NATO Centre of Excellence for Military Medicine. To read the full press release, visit the DOE website.