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Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM)

www.remm.nlm.gov

 

Amassive earthquake followed by an immense tsunami though is a local disaster, can affect a large group of people. An accident like the one happened in Fukushima last year, inevitably involves people, commerce, governments, and health care systems of several countries; the consequences like releases of hazardous radioactive material would be grave causing radiation emergencies—an international problem. Therefore, health care professionals need a resource for consulting about radiation emergencies.

 

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Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM) was produced by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Office of Planning and Emergency Operations, in cooperation with the National Library of Medicine, Division of Specialized Information Services, with subject matter experts from the National Cancer Institute, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and many US and international consultants.

This Web site is very well designed and with a good balance between graphics and text provides useful information. The site provides guidance for health care providers, primarily physicians, about clinical diagnosis and treatment of radiation injury during radiological and nuclear emergencies. There are also several evidence-based articles with sufficient background and context to make complex issues understandable to those without formal radiation medicine expertise. There are also many movies, charts and flowcharts, many of which can be downloaded in advance, so that they would be available during an emergency if the internet is not accessible.

To learn about various type of radiation event, this Web site has many valuable sections including various kinds of emergencies, initial event activity, patient management, tools and guideline, and reference/data center.

 

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There are also useful information on the initial event activities such as triage guidelines, transportation of victims, hospital activities, and on-site activities. Another helpful section is tools and guideline which consists of dose estimator for exposure, template for hospital orders, follow-up instructions, management of the deceased, etc.

 

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 pISSN: 2008-6520
 eISSN: 2008-6814

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