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Determining Deaths from a Radiation Emergency

Exposure to radiation or radioactive materials can cause injury and death. It is important for medical certifiers such as medical examiners and coroners to understand the health effects of radiation so that they can accurately determine the illnesses or injuries that caused the death.

CDC Website Clinicians, Public Health Professionals, First Responders, Medical Examiners
Medical Response to Nuclear and Radiological Terrorismmedia icon

This satellite broadcast originally aired in 2004. It discusses possible scenarios, basic information on radiation and protection for clinicians, decontamination and medical management of radiation casualties.

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CDC Video Public Health Professionals, Clinicians, First Responders
Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM) Homepageexternal icon

REMM provides guidance to health care providers (primarily physicians) about clinical diagnosis and treatment of radiation injury during radiological and nuclear emergencies. It also provides just-in-time, evidence-based, usable information with sufficient background and context to make complex issues understandable to those without formal radiation medicine expertise.

REMM Website Clinicians, Public Health Professionals, First Responders, Medical Examiners
National Alliance for Radiation Readiness (NARR) Homepageexternal icon

NARR is a coalition of public health, healthcare, and emergency management organizations that represent practitioners in the field of radiation readiness. This includes state and local public health practitioners, elected officials at the sate and local level, and first responder and first receiver groups.

NARR Website Clinicians, Public Health Professionals, First Responders, Medical Examiners
Radiological Terrorism: Medical Response to Mass Casualties

The purpose of this interactive self-study training is to provide clinician education on local medical response to mass casualties during the immediate aftermath of a radiological or nuclear terrorism incident.

CDC Website Clinicians
U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA): The Emergency Response Guidebookexternal icon

PHMSA’s 2012 Emergency Response Guidebook provides first responders with a go-to manual to help deal with hazardous material accidents during the critical first 30 minutes. DOT’s goal is to place an ERG in every emergency service vehicle nationwide.

PHMSA Website First responders
Guidelines for Handling Decedents Contaminated with Radioactive Materialspdf icon

Detonation of a nuclear weapon or activation of a radiological dispersal device could cause radioactively contaminated decedents. These guidelines suggest ways for medical examiners, coroners, and morticians to deal with loose surface contamination, internal contamination, or shrapnel on or in decedents’ bodies.

CDC PDF Clinicians; Medical Examiners, Coroners, Funeral Directors

Page last reviewed: April 4, 2018
Content source: National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH), Emergency Management, Radiation, and Chemical Branch