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Radiation Emergency Medicine

Radiation Emergency Medicine classroom training

This 3½-day course is intended for physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners and physician assistants who may be called upon to provide emergency medical care following a radiological or nuclear incident. Priority registration will be given to these groups of professionals.

This course may also be relevant for paramedic instructors but is generally not intended for pre-hospital responders. The course emphasizes the practical aspects of early hospital handling of irradiated and/or contaminated patients in the first week following an incident.

The course begins with a discussion of the fundamentals of radiation physics, how to detect and measure radiation and contamination, how to prevent the spread of contamination, how to reduce radiation dose to victims and providers, and the role of medical/health physicists in caring for contaminated victims. Other topics include early evaluation and treatment of the acute radiation syndrome (ARS), acute local injury, cutaneous injuries and combined injuries.

Introductions to nuclear terrorism, hospital preparedness and hospital management of mass casualties are also provided. (This course can also be provided with modification to larger groups at other venues by special arrangement.)


To register, please visit the ORISE website. Courses fill up quickly. Registration must be submitted for each course you plan to attend.