Incident Response - Situational Awareness

The response and ensuing treatment plan and patient illnesses or injuries will vary in nuclear or radiological agents. A bomb will likely involve sound and or a visual announcement of the occurrence prior to patient presentation. Patients may be initially asymptomatic but develop illnesses and symptoms with time after exposure to these types of weapons including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and debilitating fatigue.

Biological agents may not have the signaling event and may be discovered by an increased number or escalating number of patients with similar symptom complaints or presentations particularly in seasons where those illnesses are not expected.

Chemical agents will likely manifest earlier with similar signs and symptoms. Diagnostic clues may include: miosis, headaches, seizures, drooling, depending on the type of agent and its neurotransmitter target.


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