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Emergency Care Centers—An Efficient Method for Mitigation of Consequences After a Dirty Bomb Attack

Miska, Horst

doi: 10.1097/HP.0b013e31824765c3
Operational Topic

For emergency preparedness and response with respect to nuclear power plant accidents, the concept of Emergency Care Centers has been developed in Germany. This setup aims at monitoring contamination, to decontaminate if needed, assess the dose, and perform an initial medical evaluation of people who might have been affected by the accident. The concept has been tested in many exercises. In response to a terrorist attack involving a dirty bomb, this concept may prove useful for attending contaminated people who are not severely injured.

*Ex European Commission–DG Environment, Brussels; on leave from the Ministry of the Interior Rhineland-Palatinate, Mainz, Germany.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

For correspondence contact: Horst Miska, Am Wingert 19, 55270 Klein-Winternheim, Germany.

(Manuscript accepted 19 December 2011)

© 2012 by the Health Physics Society