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Chemical warfare agents

D Nicholas Bateman, Robert D Jefferson, Simon HL Thomas, John P Thompson and J Allister Vale

in Oxford Desk Reference: Toxicology

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print June 2014 | ISBN: 9780199594740
Published online July 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780191742644 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199594740.003.0014

Series: Oxford Desk Reference Series

Chemical warfare agents

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The increasing risk of activity from terrorists means that, regrettably, physicians treating medical emergencies now need to understand some aspects of chemical warfare. This chapter gives an outline of the principles of triage of chemical injuries, either from a chemical accident or specific deliberate release, and an outline of how chemical incidents are managed, including concepts such as different zones of contamination, and handling of casualties within these zones. The most common chemical warfare agents are discussed in some detail.

Chapter.  16937 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Acute Medicine

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