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After a Radiation or Nuclear Emergency: Is Your Laboratory Prepared?

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Course Title: After a Radiation or Nuclear Emergency: Is Your Laboratory Prepared?

Course Duration: 60 minutes

Course Description: This is the archived version of the live webinar "After a Radiation or Nuclear Emergency: Is Your Laboratory Prepared?" held on January 22nd.

In the “All Hazards” approach to emergency response, the radiological and nuclear aspects of CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear) have had less attention than the biological and chemical issues. The recent nuclear incident in Japan and the continued “dirty bomb” terrorist scenario underscores the need to be prepared for these types of incidents. This webinar will provide information about rapid bioassay methods used for public health emergency response in case of a radiological or nuclear incident as it would be applied to the Public Health Laboratory response component of assessing the public’s contamination or exposure from such an incident. The information from this assessment is critical for guiding the medical management of the truly exposed individuals. This lecture will describe the laboratory requirements for implementing clinical bioassay methods to provide analytical results for the NCRP 161 medical care guidance using the new Clinical Decision Guide (CDG). This guide covers the whole population versus the more restrictive Annual Limit of Intake Guidance (workers only). The overall rapid bioassay schema, sampling limitations, throughput requirements, data quality objectives and specific rapid bioassay methods will be discussed

Audience: This intermediate level webinar is intended for state and local public health laboratory and emergency preparedness personnel.

Objectives: At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the complexities and requirements of the laboratory response to a variety of radiological or nuclear incidents.
  • Discuss the variety of analytical methods required to be able to rapidly detect, identify, and quantify many of the priority radionuclides that may be involved in a radiological or nuclear incident.

Speaker: Robert L. Jones, PhD
Chief, Inorganic and Radiation Analytical Toxicology Branch
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA



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