Overview of hazard assessment and emergency planning software of use to RN first responders

Health Phys. 2009 Aug;97(2):145-56. doi: 10.1097/01.HP.0000348464.78396.23.


There are numerous software tools available for field deployment, reach-back, training and planning use in the event of a radiological or nuclear terrorist event. Specialized software tools used by CBRNe responders can increase information available and the speed and accuracy of the response, thereby ensuring that radiation doses to responders, receivers, and the general public are kept as low as reasonably achievable. Software designed to provide health care providers with assistance in selecting appropriate countermeasures or therapeutic interventions in a timely fashion can improve the potential for positive patient outcome. This paper reviews various software applications of relevance to radiological and nuclear events that are currently in use by first responders, emergency planners, medical receivers, and criminal investigators.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Disaster Planning*
  • Emergency Medical Technicians
  • Health Personnel*
  • Humans
  • Radioactive Hazard Release / prevention & control*
  • Risk Assessment*
  • Safety Management / methods*
  • Software*