Responding to nerve agent poisoning: a guide for emergency nurses. Part 2
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Responding to nerve agent poisoning: a guide for emergency nurses. Part 2

Stephen McGhee Director of global affairs, College of Nursing, University of South Florida, Tampa FL, United States
Alan Finnegan Professor of mental health nursing, University of Chester, Chester, England
Neil Angus Senior lecturer, University of the Highlands and Islands, Inverness, Scotland
John Michael Clochesy Executive dean, University of Miami, Coral Gables FL, United States

The release of chemical agents can cause loss of life and result in major incidents. Chemical agent-related major incidents require a modified response by emergency services due to the chemicals’ transmissibility, lethality, latency and persistence. In general, modifications to casualty flow, triage and treatment are made to reduce transmissibility, and lethality of chemical hazards. This article, the second of a two-part series on nerve agents, describes the adapted response and explains how emergency nurses must be familiar with principles of care including incident and casualty management.

Emergency Nurse. doi: 10.7748/en.2019.e1925

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McGhee S, Finnegan A, Angus N et al (2019) Responding to nerve agent poisoning: a guide for emergency nurses. Part 2. Emergency Nurse. doi: 10.7748/en.2019.e1925

Published online: 16 April 2019

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