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  Mass decontamination - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Mass decontamination (abbreviated mass decon) is the decontamination of large numbers of people, in the event of industrial, accidental, or intentional contamination by toxic, infective, caustic, polluted, or otherwise unhealthful or damaging substances.
Scenes of mass contamination are often scenes of mass hysteria, with hundreds or thousands of victims in a state of panic.
Mass decon is performed by way of decontamination tents, decontamination trailers, or fixed decon facilities.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Modesty_garb   (550 words)

  
 Fire Engineering - Mass Decontamination: Dispelling the Mystery
It is essential to decontaminate victims prior to transportation to stop further injury caused by contaminants, to eliminate the spread of lethal agents, and keep hospitals from closing because of contamination.
Mass decontamination is necessary when vast numbers of people have been potentially contaminated with a harmful or life-threatening substance.
Mass decontamination by first responders is a crucial piece of the WMD operations puzzle.
fe.pennnet.com /Articles/Article_Display.cfm?Section=OnlineArticles&SubSection=HOME&PUBLICATION_ID=25&ARTICLE_ID=169129   (2394 words)

  
 Weapons of Mass Destruction! Time to Get Real?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
The weapons of mass destruction craze has swept the response community in the past few years and generated a lot of government spending, planning, worrying and hot air.
Decontamination in a WMD incident is really no different from decontamination in any hazardous materials incident.
Wasting time trying to make a complex mass decontamination system work may only give you the capability to decontaminate dead people or the crowd of curious bystanders who will gather after the real victims have already left the scene.
www.crossroads.nsc.org /articleTemplate.cfm?id=143&subjectID=2   (824 words)

  
 eMedicine - CBRNE - Chemical Warfare Mass Casualty Management : Article by Robert M Gum, DO, MPH, FACPM   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
In addition, the safety officer ensures that patients are decontaminated thoroughly before entering the hospital; therefore, the safety officer is the last line of defense for clinical personnel and the facility.
Immediately decontaminate casualties who were closest to the point of chemical release, those with liquid contamination, and those who have severe signs or symptoms of chemical injury or severe conventional injuries.
The decontamination area must be cleaned, and contaminated clothing and equipment used during the decontamination process must be cleaned or disposed of appropriately.
www.emedicine.com /emerg/topic895.htm   (7362 words)

  
 Texas Dept of Health - Bureau of Emergency Management   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
Decontamination is a subject of debate and scrutiny.
Although a complete decontamination might not be required, it is important that decon be conducted as complete as resources will allow at that time.
In a mass decontamination, everyone will not be able to enter the decon shower at once, so those people waiting for the complete decontamination could use hasty decon techniques during the waiting period.
www.tdh.state.tx.us /hcqs/ems/MJ04CE.htm   (5055 words)

  
 Triage - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Triage is a system used by medical or emergency personnel to ration limited medical resources when the number of injured needing care exceeds the resources available to perform care so as to treat the greatest number of patients possible.
Simple triage is used at the scene of a mass casualty incident to choose patients who require immediate transport to the hospital to save their lives as opposed to patients who can wait for help later.
It has been field-proven in mass casualty incidents such as train wrecks and bus accidents, though it was developed for use by CERTs and firemen after earthquakes.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Triage   (2424 words)

  
 mass decontamination summary
The element is responsible for the decontamination of personnel and casualties, which in turn stabilizes causalities for further treatment.
The LDS provides the capability to decontaminate the greater number of victims at one time but affords no privacy, while the EDCS provides privacy in the form of covered decontamination lanes but the rate of processing casualties is slowed.
In 1895, as part of this concept of "decontaminating" immigrants, it was quite common to have a disinfection process for baggage and clothing, and even a set of shower stalls in which people went in and often were sprayed with disinfectant.
deconference.com /deconsum.htm   (8493 words)

  
 MFRI Drill of the Month - March 2003
Objective (SPO): The individual will demonstrate a basic understanding of mass decontamination techniques and procedures that could be applied in the event of a terrorist incident, from memory, without assistance, to a written test accuracy of 70%.
Identify the scene setup to decontaminate a large number of people that may have been exposed to a chemical or biological incident.
This drill is designed to prepare the first responder to a suspected terrorist incident involving a chemical or biological agent to setup and operate a decontamination operation to decontaminate a large number of people quickly and efficiently.
www.mfri.org /Drill_Files/Drill_0303.asp   (1113 words)

  
 ODP Fact Sheet - Mass Casualty Decontamination: Massachusetts' Rapid Response System
In the event of a chemical, biological, or radiological attack, a phased response system will be activated to provide for the decontamination of large numbers of people in a manner that maintains control of the incident, reduces harm to exposed persons, and prevents the spread of the agent by contaminated persons.
This Rapid Response System (RRS) relies on the immediate initiation of decontamination by local first responders, who are supported by a phased decontamination response that provides the local jurisdiction with the ability to access, decontaminate, and treat exposed persons, including those who cannot extricate themselves or be safely extricated.
These units also carry the mass casualty decontamination system, consisting of tents, decontamination pools, heaters, lights, water manifolds, hoses and wands, and a locally developed rail system that allows for the free movement of stretcher-borne casualties.
www.ojp.usdoj.gov /odp/docs/fs-decon.htm   (988 words)

  
 Articles - Decontamination   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
Mass decontamination is the decontaminating large numbers of people.
Dofficers (Decontamination officers in the "doffing" or disrobing area) are often police or military personnel, ready to handle potentially unruly persons who refuse to cooperate with first responders.
They bring a law enforcement agency group with them and they have no problem if somebody needs to be restrained with handcuffs or flex cuffs or whatever to keep them from going from the hot zone to a cool zone; whereas the fire department, we are not geared to do that....
www.x-moto.net /articles/Decontamination   (894 words)

  
 Product Page for Military Mass Decon - DVD   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
Mass Decon is a 29-minute training program from Emergency Film Group which provides training for fire fighters, emergency medical service personnel, hospital staff, military personnel, and others who may be assigned to rapidly carry out contamination reduction activities at terrorist events where large numbers of victims are affected.
In the event of a terrorist attack or other emergency involving mass contamination by weapons of mass destruction or toxic industrial materials, emergency responders must be prepared to decontaminate large numbers of casualties.
Mass Decon" provides training for firefighters, emergency medical service personnel, hospital staff, the military, and others who may be assigned to carry out decontamination activities at terrorist incidents.
www.efilmgroup.com /Target-Markets/Military-Mass-Decon-DVD.html   (492 words)

  
 ACD   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
Applications vary from command posts and hospitals to decontamination tents and rapid expansion of space to containers/vehicles.
ACD Decon showers are lightweight and quickly erectable showers for individual or mass decontamination of civilians or military personnel.
The decontamination showers can be portable, stand-alone showers or integrated in tents.
www.defencenet.nl /contens/clients/acd.html   (130 words)

  
 Inflatable Mass Decontamination Shelters and Tents for Hospitals, First Responders, and Others   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
Inflatable Mass Decontamination Shelters and Tents offered by Stadium House are the solution to mass decontamination for hospitals and first responders.
Mass Decontamination: Our shelter and decontamination system was designed specifically for mass decontamination.
With seven separate shower stalls you will be able to process large numbers of people when they converge on your hospital in the event of a weapons-of-mass-destruction disaster or other similar emergency.
04.ca /DECON   (261 words)

  
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Summary: In the event of a terrorist attack with weapons of mass destruction (WMD), nearby VA Medical Centers (VAMC) must be prepared to protect hospital facilities, staff, patients and to provide care to mass casualties in the event that local acute care facilities become overwhelmed.
A simple decontamination (decon) capability, involving the removal of clothing and a show with soap, shampoo and water, would have prevented chemical contamination from entering the medical facility and threatening health care workers and the continued operation of the facility.
A decontamination facility is designed to protect hospital facilities and staff so that they can safely and securely carry out their health care responsibilities in a contamination-free environment.
www.va.gov /environagents/docs/Decontamination_Task_Force_Report.doc   (2865 words)

  
 Element Protection Industries ( EMERGENCY SERVICES / HAZMAT STRUCTURES )   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
Inflatable Mass Decontamination Shelters and Tents offered by EPI are the solution to mass decontamination for hospitals and first responders.
The Decontamination Tent can be setup on grass, snow, gravel, or any hard surface in as little as 20 minutes with two installers.
Our shelter and decontamination system was designed specifically for mass decontamination.
www.elementprotection.com /emerg_hazmat.htm   (200 words)

  
 Firehouse.Com Training Zone - Drills of the Month   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
Objective (SPO) 1-1: The individual will demonstrate a basic understanding of mass decontamination techniques and procedures that could be applied in the event of a terrorist incident, from memory, without assistance, to a written test accuracy of 70%.
Instructors Notes: This drill is designed to prepare the first responder to a suspected terrorist incident involving a chemical or biological agent to setup and operate a decontamination operation to decontaminate a large number of people quickly and efficiently.
The individual will demonstrate a basic understanding of mass decontamination techniques and procedures that could be applied in the event of a terrorist incident, from memory, without assistance, to a written test accuracy of 70%.
www.firehouse.com /training/drills/2003/hazmat1.html   (1188 words)

  
 mass decontamination facility
A new design for a mass decontamination facility: Efficient ways of assisting large numbers of victims of a bioterror attack.
However, by having stages, where victims move through a decontamination line, with pipelining, it is possible then to decontaminate persons at a rate of 30 seconds/person = 120 persons/hour throughput.
The mass decontamination research and teaching facility is shown in a partially constructed state, so that we can see around it, and understand how it works:
wearcam.org /bradecon.htm   (1745 words)

  
 mass decontamination summary
This site is intended for scholarly study of mass casualty decontamination, and for use in excerpting quotes in scholarly publications; it may not be used for any other purpose.
Once the decision to decontaminate has been made, the principle is that all casualties, whether injured or not, that are suspected of being contaminated will receive decontamination at the scene.
In the case of mass decontamination, and if there is impatience to enter the decontamination facility, responders should expect public disorder.
wearcam.org /envirotech/decon_summary.htm   (13849 words)

  
 ASA Newsletter - WMD Terrorism and the Role of First Responders
Mass decontamination is a basic first responder skill and can be implemented in less than 10 minutes.
You are decontaminating the casualty at that point in time to protect yourself and to protect your medical facility I think we all understand that.
The decontamination and medical components of a response team that is more than four hours away is useless to these casualties.
www.asanltr.com /ASANews-99/993FirstResp.htm   (8031 words)

  
 Major Incident Unit
The Mass Decontamination Equipment is carried in cages which can be removed by the Moffat Mounty Fork lift on the Grampian, Lothian and Borders and Strathclyde MIUs and on wheeled cages which can be pushed onto the tail gate lift and then wheeled to the scene on the Central Scotland IRU.
Each SMIU has the capability to carry one full set of decontamination equipment which comprises of 1 Public Mass Decontamination Unit which has the capability to decontaminate 200 ambulant casualties or 25 non-ambulant casualties per hour.
Also carried on the appliance for decontamination purposes is a Firefighter Decontamination Unit, a quantity of fully encapsulated gas suits, dis-robe and re-robe packs along with detection and monitoring equipment.
www.btinternet.com /~graeme.kirkwood/SFB/MIU.htm   (1404 words)

  
 Mass Decon Video, From Emergency Film Group
for remediation workers who may be assigned to carry out decontamination activities.
The basic stations of the decontamination process are explained.
decontamination of victims to prevent secondary contamination of EMS personnel, ambulances and
www.rothstein.com /data/dr748a.htm   (419 words)

  
 Nat' Academies Press, Chemical and Biological Terrorism: Research and Development to Improve Civilian Medical Response ...
Hospitals need to be prepared to decontaminate patients, despite plans that call for field decontamination of all patients before transport to hospitals.
However, few hospitals have formal decontamination facilities; even fewer have dedicated outdoor facilities or an easy way of expanding their decontamination operations in an event involving mass casualties.
RandD in decontamination and triage should concentrate on operations research to identify methods and procedures for triage and rapid, effective, and inexpensive decontamination of large groups of people, equipment, and environments.
www.nap.edu /books/0309061954/html/8.html   (646 words)

  
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This system consists of a set of tents, decontamination pools, heaters, lights, water manifolds, hoses and wands, and a locally developed rail system that allows for the free movement of stretcher-borne casualties.
The system can be readily configured to decontaminate ambulatory patients, non-ambulatory patients, and emergency response personnel simultaneously.
The decon companies would be based in communities with hospital emergency departments and would respond directly to a predetermined hospital during a terrorism incident.
www.ojp.usdoj.gov /odp/docs/deconma.txt   (616 words)

  
 Modec Inc. WMD Foam - Official Licensee of the Sandia Decon Formulation   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
Modec designed and produced the Personnel Decontamination Systems in use at all the chemical weapons depots in the country and the first Mass Casualty Decontamination System for incidents specifically involving chemical and biological agents pursuant to the Weapons of Mass Destruction Act of 1996.
Modec is producing three large-scale Mass Casualty decontamination Systems for LAX, Ontario and L.A. City Fire and incorporates the Reeves Aireshelta for donning/doffing use.
The Reeves/Modec Modular Mass Casualty Decontamination System has been selected by the nationwide Rapid Assessment and Initial Detection (R.A.I.D.) and CST Teams to be deployed domestically.
www.deconsolutions.com /qualifications2.htm   (1599 words)

  
 Product Page for Video-DVD Mass Decon - DVD   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
Emergency responders and hospital staff should understand the differences between technical and mass decontamination, and should be trained in mass decon techniques.
The program follows responders as they take steps to identify the agents involved, conduct extensive size-ups of incident scenes, set up decon areas, prepare decon solutions and apply decon water using one & two engine configurations, ladder configuration, and bridge configurations.
Other topics covered include follow-up monitoring, alternative decon set-ups, controlling run-off, mass decontamination for medical facilities, and terminating the incident.
www.efilmgroup.com /Hazardous-Materials/Videos-Mass-Decon-DVD.html   (508 words)

  
 Mass Decontamination Training   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
Hospital staff, emergency first responders, and public health emergency preparedness officials from health districts 1-1 and 1-2 recently participated in a Core Disaster Life Support (CDLS) training and exercise for Mass Decontamination.
In these pictures, participants were introduced to mass decontamination protective gear and decontamination equipment, and they were instructed on equipment set-up and usage.
Here, participants are involved in a mass decontamination exercise in which they were able to put their decon training into practice.
www.nghd.org /decontraining.htm   (150 words)

  
 Decontamination Shelter manufactured by Covertex   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
The NBC Decon Shelter was developed in conjunction with the Armed Forces for mass decontaimination following Nuclear, Biological or Chemical incidents.
Each Decon Shelter can be customised to meet specific requirments by selecting the type, number of and positions of these features.
The floor bunding is provided by a 150mm (6") high inflatable bunding system built into the floor of the shelter.
www.covertex.co.nz /mass_casulty.htm   (667 words)

  
 TRIDENT ONE - by Hydro-Therm The Leading Provider of Mass Decontamination, Water Deployment Systems
The ever present danger of terrorism, Industrial catastrophe and mass public emergencies are the driving forces behind our research and development department.
We feel if the guess work is taken out of the picture and appropriate measures are taken to minimize the risks of all MASS DECONTAMINATION emergency situations, then we have done our job.
Hydro-Therm, producer of the Trident One, is currently working on several other MASS DECONTAMINATION WATER DEPLOYMENT SYSTEMS and will be available for viewing or purchase in the near future.
tridentone.com /aboutus.asp   (162 words)

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