Treating nuclear, biological, and chemical agent exposures presents a unique set of challenges. These scenarios usually involve multiple exposures, sometimes even mass exposures, from a single, often poorly-defined, event. Early symptoms are not distinct and can often be variable. Laboratory analyses may be required from environmental, often nonbiological, specimens. Scene evaluation and pre-hospital decontamination may turn out to be the most important intervention. Hospital resource utilization must be a consideration. Even the pathologist performing autopsies needs adequate preparation.
It is with these considerations in mind that the Handbook of
Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Agent Exposures was created.
Taking a concise yet comprehensive, clinical approach to the
treatment of these exposures, the authors provide concise
information on radiation substances, biological agents, chemical
toxins, laboratory tests, and antidotes. The book includes essays
on topics such as Field Identification and Decontamination of
Toxins, Bioterrorism and the Skin, and Mass Exposures Involving the
Pediatric Population. A quick review of the contents will tell you
that this book contains the tools you need when facing the
formidable tasks of diagnosing and treating nuclear, biological,
and chemical agent exposures.