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New handbook guides
medical decisions in a
radiological emergency

Dept. of Homeland Security
medical experts visit AFRRI

Ceremony welcomes
new AFRRI director

Unprecedented growth marks
AFRRI director's tenure

NRC Commissioner
tours AFRRI

Special assignment:
The Vancouver Olympics

American Nuclear Society
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to be installed at defense lab

AFRRI receives historic
award from American
Nuclear Society

Iraq researchers
tour AFRRI

AFRRI awarded nuclear
historic landmark status

AFRRI leaders, other research
reactor experts convene
at annual conference

Research pioneer
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future of radiation science

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scientific director was
pioneer in radiation research

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radiation-effects findings
with military medical community

AFRRI scientific director
elected to NCRP

Scientists deliberate
on diagnostics for
partial-body irradiation

New software to aid
treatment decisions during
radiation exposure incidents

International experts on
radiation exposure assessment
to convene at AFRRI

Ceremony marks change
of director at AFRRI

FDA clears 5-AED for
human clinical studies

New collaboration
will develop radiation

Training for the unthinkable

AFRRI employees participate
in MASCAL drill

EPA awards AFRRI scientists
with highest honor

DoD commends AFRRI
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Ceremony welcomes
new AFRRI director

Revised handbook expands
casualty management

Peer review validates
AFRRI research of
measuring radioprotection
by liquid chromatography

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on handy card-size disc

AFRRI launches software
for radiation casualty

Chernobyl liquidators'
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dose and disease

Individual exposure
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Russian scientists take
different path in search
for radioprotectors

New handbook guides medical decisions in a radiological emergency


Third Edition of the Medical Management of Radiological CasualtiesBethesda, Md., December 10, 2010 — Saving lives after a radiological or nuclear incident depends on an understanding of the magnitude of the situation and the resources needed to properly manage casualties during the first 72 hours of an event. To that end, the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute (AFRRI) published the third edition of its handbook Medical Management of Radiological Casualties. The information was prepared by Ronald E. Goans, PhD, MD, and edited by the AFRRI Military Medical Operations staff.

Victims of radiation events, according to the handbook, require prompt diagnosis and treatment of conventional medical and surgical conditions and must be triaged with attention also to radiation exposure estimations.

"The handbook is designed to be used by emergency responders and medical professionals who may have minimal knowledge of the effects of ionizing radiation on the human body," said COL Anthony B. Mickelson MC, USA, director of AFRRI Military Medical Operations. "The handbook provides the latest guidance on identifying the type of radiation involved and estimating the extent of exposure."

The 3.75- by 5.5-inch, spiral-bound, laminated handbook fits readily in a pocket. It provides tabs to topics that include acute radiation syndrome, biodosimetry, skin injury, internal contamination, psychological support, delayed effects, and decontamination. Charts and photos provide at-a-glance detail. U.S. Department of Defense personnel may request the handbook by sending e-mail or calling 301-295-2950. Others can purchase the handbook from Quick Series.

The information also is available free of charge in the AFRRI Online Third Edition of the handbook as a PDF (portable document format) file via the AFRRI Web site.

AFRRI, marking its 50th anniversary, is the Department of Defense's primary resource for radiobiology research and expertise. A component of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, AFRRI also supports medical and graduate education in radiobiology.