Radiation emergencies are high-hazard, low-frequency events and are one of the least understood and most frightening. EMS and ED staff believe they are not prepared to deal with radiological incidents. A mass-casualty incident from radiation is likely to generate large numbers of victims requiring decontamination. These events will also generate large numbers of “worried well” who will further complicate the incident. This module provides information about radiological contamination and medical care after an incident that involves radiation sources. It explains the basic principles of radiation and possible scenarios for radiological incidents and discusses injuries, radiological contamination routes, presenting signs and symptoms and treatments associated with radiological incidents.
The goal of this continuing education program is to provide information for nurses, paramedics and EMTs, and radiological technologists about radiological contamination and medical care after an incident that involves radiation sources. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Explain the basic principles of radiation and possible scenarios for radiological incidents
- Discuss the injuries, radiological contamination routes, presenting signs and symptoms and treatments associated with radiological incidents
- Discuss the basic roles and responsibilities of healthcare professionals when they respond to a radiological mass casualty incident
This course is designed for radiology techs.
This activity is approved for Category A continuing education credit by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) for 2/9/2011 to 3/1/2016.
This activity may be available in multiple formats or from different sponsors. ARRT regulations state that an individual may not repeat a self-learning activity for credit if it was reported in the same or any subsequent biennium.
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Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.