Decontamination and management of hazardous materials exposure victims in the emergency department

Ann Emerg Med. 1994 Apr;23(4):761-70. doi: 10.1016/s0196-0644(94)70312-4.


Incidents involving releases of hazardous materials are increasing. Providing medical care to patients who may be contaminated with a hazardous material requires advance planning and specialized training and equipment. Failure to adequately prepare for this situation can result in costly contamination of medical facilities and toxic exposures to health care providers. Federal regulations may require hospitals to supply health care providers with training and protective equipment for these situations.

MeSH terms

  • Decontamination / methods*
  • Emergency Service, Hospital / organization & administration
  • Environmental Exposure*
  • Gloves, Protective
  • Hazardous Substances*
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Humans
  • Protective Clothing
  • Protective Devices
  • Refuse Disposal / methods
  • Respiratory Protective Devices


  • Hazardous Substances
  • Hazardous Waste