Emergency department hazardous materials protocol for contaminated patients

Jefferey L Burgess, M. Kirk, S. W. Borron, J. Cisek

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Abstract

Emergency department handling and treatment of chemically contaminated patients can have potentially serious consequences. Medical staff can be exposed to hazardous chemicals through dermal contact or inhalation of volatile compounds or particulate matter. Exposure can result in symptomatic illness from either a direct chemical toxic effect or an odor-mediated psychologic response. Either situation can severely affect ED function and lead to facility evacuation. The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations standards and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations for participation in community hazardous materials incident emergency response plans require hospital EDs to prepare for hazardous materials incidents. This study provides a template protocol for ED preparation for and treatment of patients exposed to hazardous materials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)205-212
Number of pages8
JournalAnnals of Emergency Medicine
Volume34
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1999

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Hospital Emergency Service
Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Emergency Treatment
Particulate Matter
Poisons
Medical Staff
Inhalation
Emergencies
Skin
Therapeutics

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Emergency department hazardous materials protocol for contaminated patients. / Burgess, Jefferey L; Kirk, M.; Borron, S. W.; Cisek, J.

In: Annals of Emergency Medicine, Vol. 34, No. 2, 1999, p. 205-212.

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Burgess, Jefferey L ; Kirk, M. ; Borron, S. W. ; Cisek, J. / Emergency department hazardous materials protocol for contaminated patients. In: Annals of Emergency Medicine. 1999 ; Vol. 34, No. 2. pp. 205-212.
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