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Chemical warfare agents 

Chemical warfare agents
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Chemical warfare agents
Author(s):

D Nicholas Bateman

, Robert D Jefferson

, Simon HL Thomas

, John P Thompson

, and J Allister Vale

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199594740.003.0014
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date: 20 August 2019

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.

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