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
– Please Distribute Widely –
Information for Medical Providers:
Follow Up Measures and Treatment Recommendations for Patients
The following guidance is provided in follow up on what state officials have confirmed to be an explosion this morning in Pittsford caused by a radiological dispersal device (RDD), also known as a “dirty bomb." Initial reports indicate that the radioactive material called Cesium 137 has been detected in the immediate area of the explosion. The highest amounts of Cesium 137 are found near the site of the explosion, but some contamination will disperse into the surrounding areas.
State and federal radiological health experts are working to assess the situation and any actions needed to protect public health, animals and the environment.
Based on the latest available information, everyone living in the area of concern (designated in the attached map) should go to Reception Center at Rutland Senior High School (22 Stratton Road) to be screened for contamination.
Anyone injured as a result of the explosion should also go to Rutland Regional Medical Center.
If patients report symptoms of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, swelling and redness of the skin, direct them to the Emergency Department at Rutland Regional Medical Center. Symptomatic patients who require admission may be transported to Fletcher Allen Health Care after evaluation at RRMC ED.
If you receive inquiries from asymptomatic patients who believe they have been exposed to Cesium 137 as result of this event, direct them to the Reception Center at Rutland Senior High School at 22 Stratton Road, Rutland.
Patients deemed to require treatment may be prescribed Prussian blue; this will be initially dispensed from central locations per standardized dosing recommendations.
Information for the general public (who do not live in the Pittsford area of concern, designated in the attached map - note: attachment simulated):
- Cover your nose and mouth with a protective layer, such as a cloth or towel, to reduce the amount of potentially harmful particles that you breathe.
- Get inside a building immediately, close all windows and doors, and go to the basement or to the center of the building.
- The safest buildings have brick or concrete walls.
- Cars will NOT protect you from radiation – go inside a building.
- Do not leave the shelter you are in – it is the safest place for you and your loved ones to be.
- Plan to stay inside for at least 12-24 hours, or until you are instructed by officials or emergency responders to do otherwise.
- Do not leave your building to get children, pets, or adults. Children or adults in schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and child care facilities will be cared for at the facility and will not be released to go outside.
- The Emergency Alert System will broadcast important safety messages over cell phones, radio, television and Internet.
For more information please visit healthvermont.gov, or call the Vermont Public Information line by dialing 2-1-1.
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