Radioactive agents pose a significant threat to the efficient operation of any emergency department and challenge the ability of emergency physicians to provide lifesaving patient care. A well-planned, organized system of triage and hospital preparedness is critical. All health care providers involved in the early treatment of these patients must understand the clinical presentations, treatment options, and preventive measures to prevent further contamination of other individuals. This article reviews some of the important concepts in management of nuclear catastrophes.
1 Assistant Professor Emergency Medicine Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science Martin Luther King Jr/Drew Medical and Trauma Center
2 Assistant Professor Emergency Medicine UCLA School of Medicine Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science Martin Luther King Jr/Drew Medical and Trauma Center Los Angeles, California