Radiological Terrorism: A Tool Kit for Emergency Services

CDC has developed “Radiological Terrorism: A Tool Kit for Emergency Services” through audience research, significant gaps in knowledge and skills among clinicians regarding their ability to respond to a radiological emergency, particularly one related to terrorism and involving mass casualties. This is a critical need since clinicians in hospital emergency departments would serve as the first receivers of casualties, and other clinicians would present to the emergency department in order to assist. There are numerous issues related to disaster and mass casualty management that are unique to dealing with radiation exposure and contamination, and CDC understands the need to provide education and information to help clinicians better manage such an event.

The tool kit includes several items that may be useful for emergency services clinicians.