January 12, 2015

National Planning Guidance for Chemical Exposure Patient Decontamination

The Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Office of Health Affairs published the nation's first evidence-based guidance for mass decontamination,Patient Decontamination in a Mass Chemical Exposure Incident: National Planning Guidance for Communities. The guidance can inform planning and response for a wide variety of situations, from local chemical plant accidents to terrorism incidents, and covers mass casualties, chemical release, external contamination, and decontamination. The guidance draws on expertise in emergency response, emergency medicine, toxicology, risk communication, behavioral health, and other relevant fields from academic and non-government organizations and federal, state, and local agencies. For ease-of-use, the guidance organizes recommendations by functional components of a response.

View the Fact Sheet, Blog and specific guidance on ASPR's Web site.