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Terrorist Use Of Conventional and Nuclear Explosives: Mechanism, Physiology, Human Injuries, and Treatment




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


Course Description:

Conventional explosives represent the most likely weapon utilized by a terrorist.  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 of the science, physiology, and physical injuries caused by explosives.  Dr. Siegelson will also discuss the science of radiation injuries and their treatment.  Nuclear explosives, the least likely weapon for a terrorist, can cause many deaths but also cause injuries to 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), and hospital security.


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

  1. Understand the effects of an explosive.

  2. Understand primary, secondary, and tertiary explosive injuries.

  3. Understand how to assess survivors of a blast injury.

  4. Understand how radiation affects humans.

  5. Understand radiation illness and the assessment of human victims in the emergency department.

  6. Understand the different types of injuries suffered by survivors of small and very large nuclear explosions.

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