Health Advisory - Update 1

THIS IS AN EXERCISE: THIS IS NOT A REAL EVENT.

To: Healthcare Providers, Hospitals, Pharmacies, and Ambulatory Care Centers
From: Patsy Kelso PhD, State Epidemiologist for Infectious Disease
Date: October 25, 2012

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Rutland Regional Medical Center is involved in emergency response to an explosion and fire at 672 Academy Boulevard in Pittsford, Vermont. Victims on scene have likely been exposed to gamma radiation (actual agent unknown at this time); one patient was DOA at RRMC and one injured patient is being treated in the RRMC ED. Emergency response is being coordinated through the VT State Emergency Operations Center Waterbury) and the Health Operaitons Center (HOC) in Burlington.

ALL hospitals within a geographic radius that might receive patients and/or concerned citizens should activate emergency procedures that assume potential radiation exposure and/or contamination.

HOC personnel are determining availability of therapeutic agents that may be required (such as DTPA, Prussian blue, Potassium iodide).

Standard precautions should be taken to protect staff, including exclusion of pregnant women, children and other medically vulnerable individuals. from exposure to these patients.

Treatment recommendations will be issued as soon as more specific information is available. For assistance please call (xxx-xxx-xxxx)

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