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Scarce Resources for Nuclear Detonation

Project Overview and Challenges

C. Norman Coleman, Ann R. Knebel, John L. Hick, David M. Weinstock, Rocco Casagrande, J. Jaime Caro, Evan G. DeRenzo, Daniel Dodgen, Ann E. Norwood, Susan E. Sherman, Kenneth D. Cliffer, Richard McNally, Judith L. Bader, and Paula Murrain-Hill

Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. 2011 v. 5, p. S11-S12.


Introduction: A terrorist nuclear detonation of 10 kilotons would have catastrophic physical, medical, and psychological consequences and could be accomplished with a device in a small truck. Tens of thousands of injured and ill survivors and uninjured, concerned citizens would require medical care or at least an assessment and instructions. In proximity to the incident location, there would be a huge imbalance between the demand for medical resources and their availability.1-3 Beyond the immediate blast area, much of the infrastructure would remain intact. Most people would reach medical care by self-referral and require sorting and assessment to determine what medical intervention is necessary, appropriate, and possible. 

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