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Nuclear terror: Tips for training hospital staff
To prepare for the possibility of nuclear terrorism, every hospital employee should receive training, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).1 That said, ensure that hospital staff who most likely will respond to a radiological incident or those at highest risk for radiation exposure receive the most training.
Since the hospital will not be able to train the entire staff in all scenarios, it should create easy access to radiological experts, beginning with the hospital radiation safety officer, but including medical physicists, health physicists, and radiation protection technologists. According to the CDC, the following components should be included in training programs:
1. Smith JM, Spano MA. Interim Guidelines for Hospital Response to Mass Casualties from a Radiological Incident. Atlanta: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; 2003. Web site: www.bt.cdc.gov/radiation/pdf/MassCasualtiesGuidelines.pdf.