MEDICAL MANAGEMENT DURING RADIOLOGICAL AND NUCLEAR CALAMITIES

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Some nuclear accidents such as those at Chernobyl (Ukraine 1986) and Goiania (Brasil 1987) have demonstrated the importance of adequate preparation for dealing with such emergencies. Medical preparedness for radiological accidents must be considered an integral part of general emergency planning and prepared- ness and established within the national framework for radiation protection and safety. It is most important for every coun- try in which sources of radiation are used to have a sufficient number of medical per- sonnel trained to take care of people in- volved in radiological calamities. The medi- cal planning in fact is essential to cope with radiation casualties; the emergency arrangements described in this report are intended to make it possible to deal with the medical needs of persons affected by a radiological catastrophe.
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