Radiological Dispersal Device (RDD) Preparedness

1. All patients should be medically stabilized from their traumatic injuries before radiation injuries are considered. Patients are then evaluated for either external radiation exposure or radioactive contamination.

2. An external radiation source with enough intensity and energy can cause tissue damage (e.g., skin burns or marrow depression). This exposure from a source outside the person does not make the person radioactive. Even such lethally exposed patients are no hazard to medical staff.

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