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Community Preparedness for a Terrorist Attack

 

Terrorist use of Radiation Weapons and Nuclear Explosives:
Mechanism, Physiology, Human Injuries, and Treatment

(for healthcare)

 

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Length of Program:            90 minutes (75 presentation/15 Q&A)

 

Course Description:

Conventional explosives combined with radioactive materials have been called “dirty weapons.”  Osama Bin Laden has been credited with planning to use a type of dirty weapon against the US or its allies.  This lecture was initially developed in coordination with the FBI and the state of Georgia in preparation for the 1996 Olympic Games.  The lecture is designed to inform medical audiences about the science of radiation injuries and the treatment of human casualties.  Nuclear explosives, the least likely weapon for a terrorist, can cause many deaths but also result in numerous injured survivors.  In this lecture, Dr. Siegelson will discuss the science of nuclear explosives and also review the range of human injuries caused by these terrible weapons.

 

Target Audience:

Emergency physicians and nurses, pulmonologists, internists, hospitalists, and critical care physicians, ICU nurses, hospital administrators, infection control practitioners, public health physicians and nurses (federal, state, local), members of hospital disaster committees, emergency managers (federal, state, local), hospital security, emergency management, and homeland security.

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

 

a)     Understand the science and physiology of radiation

b)     Understand how radiation affects humans.

c)      Understand radiation illness and the assessment of human victims in the emergency

department.

d)    Understand the different types of injuries suffered by survivors of small and very large nuclear

explosions.

e)    Understand how hospitals and communities can plan to respond to a radiation or nuclear

explosive event.  

 

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