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This text explores the medical aspects of hazardous material response including the initial response, chemical and toxicological information, effects on body systems — injury and treatment, physiology and treatments of common poisonings. The student learns how to make decisions based on a scale of risk versus gain. Decontamination techniques, specialized equipment, simple antidotal treatments and more are discussed as they relate to the hazardous materials incident.
INTRODUCTION TO HAZARDOUS MATERIALS. Hazardous Materials Principles. Scene Organization and SOP. FUNDAMENTALS OF THE HAZMAT DISCIPLINE. Chemical Behavior. Essentials of Toxicology. HAZARDOUS MATERIALS PHYSIOLOGY AND TREATMENT. Body Systems and the Environment. Treatment Modalities. EMERGENCY PROVIDER PROTECTION. Medical Surveillance. Hazmat Considerations for Hospitals. SELECTED TOPICS. Biohazard Awareness. Clandestine Laboratories. Air Monitoring. Confined Space Medical Operations. Bibliography. Index.