Healthcare Response to Weapons of Mass Destruction: Biological, Chemical and Radiological


Although the thought of biological, chemical and radiological weapons of mass destruction is horrifying to contemplate, healthcare providers must be prepared for such a possibility. Planning for emergencies should be undertaken in our own homes, with our families, as well as in our healthcare organizations and in our communities.

 It is critical that healthcare providers are familiar with the emergency plans at all levels, particularly in our healthcare organizations.  They must also continue to have a high degree of suspicion related to patterns of illnesses and symptoms that present among our patients. Healthcare providers must be knowledgeable and skilled in recognizing these symptoms and how to treat them. In the event of a terrorist attack with weapons of mass destruction, healthcare providers must be prepared to take necessary action to save the lives of our patients, while ensuring that we are also protected. 

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