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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 260-272

Civilian nuclear incidents: An overview of historical, medical, and scientific aspects


1 Department of Surgery, Cooper University Hospital, Camden, NJ 08103, USA
2 Department of Surgery, Cooper University Hospital, Camden, NJ 08103; OPUS 12 Foundation Nuclear Incident Preparedness Task Force, Columbus, OH 43235, USA
3 Department of Anesthesiology, The Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, OH 43210, USA
4 Department of Anesthesiology, The Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, OH 43210;OPUS 12 Foundation Nuclear Incident Preparedness Task Force, Columbus, OH 43235, USA
5 OPUS 12 Foundation Nuclear Incident Preparedness Task Force, Columbus, OH 43235, USA
6 Department of Emergency Medicine, The Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, OH 43210, USA
7 St. Luke's Regional Level I Trauma Center, Bethlehem, PA 18015;OPUS 12 Foundation Nuclear Incident Preparedness Task Force, Columbus, OH 43235, USA
8 St. Luke's Regional Level I Trauma Center, Bethlehem, PA 18015, USA
9 Department of Surgery, The Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, OH 43210; OPUS 12 Foundation Nuclear Incident Preparedness Task Force, Columbus, OH 43235, USA

Correspondence Address:
Stanislaw P.A Stawicki
Department of Surgery, The Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, OH 43210; OPUS 12 Foundation Nuclear Incident Preparedness Task Force, Columbus, OH 43235
USA
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0974-2700.82219

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Given the increasing number of operational nuclear reactors worldwide, combined with the continued use of radioactive materials in both healthcare and industry, the unlikely occurrence of a civilian nuclear incident poses a small but real danger. This article provides an overview of the most important historical, medical, and scientific aspects associated with the most notable nuclear incidents to date. We have discussed fundamental principles of radiation monitoring, triage considerations, and the short- and long-term management of radiation exposure victims. The provision and maintenance of adequate radiation safety among first responders and emergency personnel are emphasized. Finally, an outline is included of decontamination, therapeutic, and prophylactic considerations pertaining to exposure to various radioactive materials.


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