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Nerve Agent Information for EMS, Hospitals Now Available

While the information contained in this news article was current and accurate when we posted it, it may not necessarily represent current WVOEMS policy or procedure. If you have any questions, please contact our office at 304-558-3956.

Posted: Wednesday, September 5, 2018 4:08 PM

Nerve Agent Information for EMS, Hospitals Now Available

Following the recent nerve agent poisonings in the United Kingdom, the emergency response community has requested information and advice to enhance preparedness. "Nerve Agent Information for Emergency Medical Services and Hospitals" serves as a refresher on standard protocols for recognizing, treating and protecting oneself from nerve agent exposures.

The document also compares and contrasts the clinical effects of nerve agents and opioids as an aid to distinguishing nerve agent exposures from the prevalent opioid overdose cases. Comprehensive follow-up guidance incorporating lessons learned from the United Kingdom incidents will be forthcoming.

The document was prepared by the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Office of Emergency Medical Services, Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Department of Homeland Security's Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office, and the National Security Council.

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