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Implications of Chemical Biological Terrorist Events for Children and Pregnant Women

Teran-MacIver, Maria MSN, RN; Larson, Kristina MHEd, CHES

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing: July/August 2008 - Volume 33 - Issue 4 - p 224–232
doi: 10.1097/01.NMC.0000326076.03999.ca
Original Article

During the past decade, the world has become more aware that chemical and biological weapons could be used on civilians as terrorism and that casualties could include children. It is essential that nurses who care for children and pregnant women know how to recognize the effects of this type of weapon on the population and how to alleviate or mitigate their impact. This article reviews key aspects of chemical-biological agents, the consequences of their use, the potential impact of a chemical-biological attack on children and pregnant women, and issues to consider in the event of such a catastrophe.

We live in a world where all of us in healthcare need to know what to do for our patients and ourselves if a nerve gas or other chemical is released into the population. Do you know what to do?

Maria Teran-MacIver is a Health Communication Specialist, Agency for Toxic Substances and Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA. She can be reached via e-mail at Mnt0@cdc.gov

Kristina Larson is a Senior Community Health Educator, Agency for Toxic Substances and Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA.

There are no conflicts of interest for these authors.

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.