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Update on public health precautions related to orange threat level: Part 3
  • Published Date:
    12/31/03
  • Source:
    HAN ; 179
  • Language:
    English
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  • Corporate Authors:
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.)
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  • Description:
    Wednesday, December 31, 2003, 19:15 EST (07:15 PM EST)

    CDCHAN-00179-03-12-31-UPD-N

    (Information for clinicians in the event of a radiation or nuclear emergency)

    In preparation for any possible public health emergency related to the current orange (high) threat level, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is disseminating a series of notices on potential hazards. This is the third in a series of four updates. This message focuses on information for clinicians and hospitals in the event of a radiation or nuclear emergency.

    During an orange (high) alert clinicians should be prepared to respond to a terrorist event involving radiation or nuclear weapons. In the event of a terrorist attack involving radiation or nuclear weapons, the Department of Homeland Security would be the lead federal agency responding. However, health care providers would be called upon to play a major role responding to protect the public's health.

    CDC has developed new interim guidelines for hospital response to casualties from a radiological or nuclear emergency. These guidelines can be found at Guidelines for Hospital Response to Mass Casualties from a Radiological Incident: http://www.bt.cdc.gov/radiation/pdf/MassCasualtiesGuidelines.pdf.

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