- Also known as "Radiological Dispersal Device"
- Consists of radioactive material packaged into non-nuclear (conventional) bomb
- No nuclear fusion/fission occurs
- Detonation causes injuries from conventional explosion and also spreads radioactive material, causing radiation injuries and cancer
- Radioactive material spread locally via blast, and carried more distantly via aerosolized or particulate "plumes"
- Multiple radioisotopes from various sources (e.g. nuclear fuel waste, medical radiography, etc) could be employed
- Most injuries and deaths will be caused by blast injuries, not radiation injury
- Triage of patients by radiation dose received is important and should be coordinated with disaster response officials.
- Radiation exposure (disaster)
- Dirty bomb
- Chemical weapons
- Mass shooting
- Natural Disaster (e.g. Hurricane, Earthquake, Tornado, Tsunami, etc)
- Unintentional large-scale incident (e.g. building collapse, train derailment, etc)
- Major pandemic
- Determined by injuries
- If Acute radiation syndrome suspected, establishing baseline with CBC and CMP is appropriate.
- Priority is treatment of blast injuries and burns
- ED treatment of Acute radiation syndrome is primarily supportive
- Most patients require admission.
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