AUTHORDavis, Miriam / Reeve, Megan / Altevogt, Bruce, Eds.
TITLENationwide Response Issues After an Improvised Nuclear Device Attack: Medical and Public Health Considerations for Neighboring Jurisdictions: Workshop Summary
PUBLISHERNational Academy Press
CITYWashington, D.C.
DATE PUBLISHED2014
ISBN978-0-309-28601-5
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This publication focuses on the critical response requirements confronted by public health and health care systems in response to the detonation of an improvised nuclear device (IND), especially in those areas surrounding the detonation site. Primarily, the information summarizes a workshop on the subject held in January 2013, sponsored by the Institute of Medicine and the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO). The initial section defines the different types of radiation releases and implications of an IND attack on outlying communities. The remaining sections deal with planning and coordinating efforts of local, state, and federal public health organizations. Separate chapters address command and control of efforts, risk education and communication, monitoring and mass care, and roles of regional health care coalitions in planning and response. The report seeks to raise the priority status in public health organizations of planning for a radiological attack.


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