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Consensus Summary Statement on the Treatment of Radiation Injuries

  • Doris Browne
  • Joseph F. Weiss
  • Thomas J. Macvittie
  • Madhavan V. Pillai

Abstract

The radiation environment during a nuclear accident or disaster is likely to be uncontrolled and ill defined. This was emphasized by the three most recent accidents—the reactor explosion in Chernobyl, U.S.S.R. (1986); the internal and external exposure of victims to cesium-137 in Goiânia, Brazil (1987); and the exposure of workers in a radiation sterilization facility in San Salvador, El Salvador (1989). The radiation may differ in quality, energy, and dose rate. The exposure may be nonuniform and heterogeneous, and may involve only part of the body, depending on the location, position, and movement of the subjects relative to the radiation source and available shielding. Physicians treating irradiated patients may find that patients have also been traumatized by burns and/or wounds.

Keywords

Radiation Injury Nuclear Accident Prodromal Symptom Definitive Care Combine Injury 
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Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Doris Browne
    • 1
  • Joseph F. Weiss
    • 1
  • Thomas J. Macvittie
    • 1
  • Madhavan V. Pillai
    • 1
  1. 1.Armed Forces Radiobiology Research InstituteDefense Nuclear AgencyBethesdaUSA

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