Haz-Mat Survival Tips: Contaminated Patients

07/13/2007
Beyond the Rule of ThumbSurvival Tip 18By Steven De LisiAt some point in their careers, most first responders likely will deal with a patient who has been contaminated with a hazardous material. Contamination is often the result of accidents that occur at work, home, or on the highways, but it also may be intentional, such as when a corrosive material is splashed onto a victim's face during a criminal assault. These incidents require quick yet decisive action in order to minimize harm to the patient and to avoid contaminating first responders, their equipment, and any health care facility to which the patient may be transported.It is critical to remember that patient contamination may not...

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