Volume 10, Issue 6: Clinical decontaminationAuthor: Dwain Longley
Clinical decontamination – your role as first responder
An awareness of clinical decontamination is commonplace in the Emergency Preparedness Resilience and Response (EPRR) field but for other staff the field can be confusing. Do you understand your role as a first responder to an incident involving contamination?
This issue examines the key principles of clinical decontamination that should be adopted by any staff involved in dealing with a contamination incident. The article covers topics such as the initial actions you should take as a first responder, typical signs and symptoms displayed by individuals suffering contamination, the cordons and zones that might be applied to an incident, different forms of decontamination and a recap on triage. This knowledge will enable you to respond efficiently and with confidence in a contamination incident and offer appropriate care to those affected.