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.

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).

REAC/TS Nurse/Paramedic Angie Bowen instructs emergency personnel during a hands-on course demonstration

REAC/TS—An international thought leader in radiation emergency medicine

In addition to being on-call 24/7 for radiological and nuclear incidents, REAC/TS subject matter experts also contribute to the emergency medical response community by publishing research findings related to radiation exposure, sharing technical expertise at conferences across the globe and educating first responders and first receivers on the management and treatment of those with radiation illnesses or injuries. Here some highlights of recent activities from the past few months.

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