A chemical gas incident in London: how well prepared are London A & E departments to deal effectively with such an event?

Accid Emerg Nurs. 1998 Apr;6(2):82-6. doi: 10.1016/s0965-2302(98)90004-2.


This study aimed to investigate the preparedness of inner London Accident and Emergency (A & E) departments in the event of a major chemical incident. The dimensions of preparedness studied were procedures, facilities and equipment, protective clothing, knowledge, and attitudes towards chemical incidents. A review of the relevant literature will be published in issue 6/3 of this journal, July 1998.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Chemical Warfare / prevention & control*
  • Clinical Competence / standards
  • Decontamination
  • Disaster Planning / organization & administration*
  • Emergency Nursing / organization & administration*
  • Emergency Service, Hospital / organization & administration*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • London
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / education
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / psychology*
  • Protective Clothing
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Violence / prevention & control*