Safe management of mass fatalities following chemical, biological, and radiological incidents

David J. Baker*, Kelly Jones, Shelly F. Mobbs, Ovnair Sepai, Dilys Morgan, Virginia Murray

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Abstract

Contaminated mass fatalities following the release of chemical, biological, or radiological agents pose a potential major health hazard. A United Kingdom government investigation has identified a number of areas of risk. This paper presents an outline of the findings of the study and describes specific pathways for the management of contaminated and non-contaminated fatalities. Factors determining the choice between cremation and burial are discussed. Effective decontamination remains a neglected area of study for both fatalities and casualties.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)180-188
Number of pages9
JournalPrehospital and Disaster Medicine
Volume24
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Keywords

  • Body Process Pathway
  • burial
  • chemical biological radiological
  • contamination
  • cremation
  • decontamination
  • management
  • mass fatalities

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