Poison Center & Public Health Collaborations Community of Practice (CoP) Newsletter: Fall 2016
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Poison Center & Public Health Collaborations Community of Practice (CoP) Newsletter: Fall 2016

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      The nation’s 55 poison centers (PCs) receive calls from the public and medical providers asking for information or guidance about exposures to a wide array of harmful substances, including radiation. Because radiation-related calls are not frequent, poison center professionals benefit from education on topics like ionizing radiation exposure, radiological contamination issues, and medical countermeasures for radiological-related illness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed a training in response to poison center requests for more education about radiation emergencies to better equip PCs to handle radiation related calls during an emergency event. The training is also beneficial for other first responders, doctors, nurses, or pharmacists who play an important role in radiation emergency preparedness. This aim of this newsletter is to introduce this training and to provide general information on radiation and radiological exposures. We also describe how PC data can be used for public health surveillance during radiation emergencies.


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