AimThis Handbook has been produced to address the need for practicable tools to assist those responding to malevolent use of ionising radiation. The Handbook is intended for the purpose if planning and training by emergency response organisations, and subsequent use in the field. AudienceThe Handbook is developed for use by emergency response organisations with specific functions to plan, coordinate and execute mitigating actions in response to incidents involving the malevolent use of ionising radiation. It give guidance both for field operations and for medical treatment at the hospital, as well as public health response.Although the Handbook gives specific instructions for actions at the scene and at the hospital, any user would need to be familiar with the Handbook content before responding to an actual event. The Handbook is thus not intended as a quick look-up for first responders with no prior knowledge or training in emergency situations involving ionising radiation. It can, however, be used for training of response personnel and experts in radiation protection or medical treatment, and as a tool in emergency exercises.Handbook contentThe Handbook content focuses on topics specifically related to the radiological triage, monitoring and treatment necessary to respond to a malevolent act, while ensuring the appropriate protection of responding personnel. The content builds on state-of-the-art procedures and techniques, and on relevant international guidelines. It contains both general information and detailed proposals for actions to be taken in the field and in the hospitals by specialised teams in radiation protection, monitoring and treatment. Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA)C. Rojas-Palma, A. Liland, A. Naess Jerstad, G. Etherington, M. del Rosario Pérez, T. Rahola & K. Smith (Eds.)
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