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Radiation emergency medicine staff provide training for international emergency responders

In support of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s international approach to nuclear and radiological incident response, ORAU’s radiation emergency medicine staff provide training to physicians, nurses and emergency responders in multiple countries each year. ORAU staff have conducted radiation emergency medical response training in Iraq, Kuwait, Morocco, Singapore, South Africa, and Thailand.

This type of training is a key part of the ORAU-managed Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site’s (REAC/TS) mission to support the U.S. Department of Energy.

“As one of the world’s primary responders to nuclear and radiological accidents, it’s critical that REAC/TS help prepare a variety of health care professionals for the medical management of radiation accidents,” said REAC/TS Medical/Technical Director Dr. Albert Wiley. “Our medical professionals provide health care providers and first responders with the information they need to stabilize, handle, transport and care for others who may have been exposed to radiation.”

Known as I-Med, or International Medical Training, the courses feature topics such as basic physics and radiation protection; basic radiation instrumentation; radiobiology; the medical aspects of acute-local and whole-body irradiation; treatment for internal contamination; early dose magnitude estimation; pre-hospital and hospital patient management; as well as patient decontamination demonstrations.

In 2013, REAC/TS trained more than 250 physicians, nurses and emergency responders in Yerevan, Armenia; Vienna, Austria; Haikou, China; Veracruz, Mexico; Kaohsiung, Taiwan; and Hanoi, Vietnam, to help prepare them for a possible nuclear or radiological incident response. This highly specialized training is funded by DOE-NNSA as part of their international programs. It helps ensure medical care providers around the world are able to appropriately respond to incidents and accidents involving radioactive materials by providing participants with information on how to treat contaminated and/or irradiated patients following a radiation incident.

Each year, more than 1,000 people from the medical, health physics and first responder communities benefit from lectures, demonstrations, and drills based on REAC/TS’ experience in radiation emergency medicine.

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