As ORAU radiation emergency medicine programs continue to establish international partnerships through education, exercises, and conferences, we are strengthening radiation emergency medical response around the globe.
ORAU’s international collaboration included observing a national full-field exercise at the Korea Hydroelectric CANDU Nuclear Power Plant complex in Wolsong, South Korea. The Republic of Korea Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) invited ORAU’s Radiation Emergency Medicine Director Albert Wiley, M.D., Ph.D., to report on his observations of the May exercise, which simulated a fire in the plant’s power room, resulting in damage to the reactor core and the release of fission products into the environment. The scenario required MOST to work with health care providers and facilities and included the evacuation of 600 volunteer residents in surrounding communities.
ORAU similarly presented three days of training to 100 emergency response and planning individuals at the Mexican Navy Hospital in Vera Cruz. The training was in preparation for an upcoming nuclear power plant accident response exercise to be conducted by the Mexican government.
ORAU also expanded work with partners the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) committees to develop international documentation on medical management or radiation incidents.
ORAU experts contributed to plans for how IAEA countries may medically assist each other in the event of a nuclear/radiological incident, and they consulted on a WHO handbook for medical response to weapons of mass destruction.