CHEMM Intelligent Syndromes Tool (Beta)
Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM)

CHEMM-IST is a prototype decision support tool developed by experts in medicine and emergency response as an aid for identifying the chemical a patient was exposed to in a mass casualty incident. Toxic syndromes or toxidromes are easily identified with only a few observations. The key data points to determine toxidromes are easily identified by first responders with basic EMT training, such as:

  • Vital signs
  • Mental Status
  • Pupil size
  • Mucous membrane irritation
  • Lung exam for wheezes or crackles
  • Skin for burns, moistures, and color

CHEMM-IST is currently in the beta phase of development. This tool, once thoroughly tested and validated by a wide range of potential users via case studies, is intended for use by basic life support (BLS) and advanced life support (ALS) providers as well as hospital first receivers.

The focus of CHEMM-IST is only on severe cases, and CHEMM-IST assumes that the patient has only inhaled the chemical and that the chemical has not deposited on the skin.

Feedback is welcome and encouraged. Please contact the CHEMM development team if you would like to offer comments about CHEMM-IST or encounter any issues with the tool.