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Hospital Emergency Management of a Chemical or Radiological Incident

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Course Description

Disasters can be due to natural causes like earthquakes and floods or technological like nuclear power plant accidents. The size of disasters vary thereby creating challenges in formulating a response. This program will describe challenges presented by disasters using specific examples and provide an overview of response strategies.

Credit Designation Statement
The American Academy of Emergency Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Tentative Course Schedule


Registration and Pretest



Chemical & Radiation Emergencies: A Historical Overview and Basic Concepts



What is Radiation? Basic Physics You Must Know

Jorge Isidoro, MPE


Chemical & Radiation Toxidromes

Brent Morgan, MD FACMT


Coffee Break



How Do You Detect Radiation? Detection for Beginners

Dr. Paulo Nunes, APA
APA - Agência Portuguesa do Ambiente (Portuguese Environment Agency)


How Do You Protect Yourself from Radiation & Chemicals?

Bruno Mégarbane, MD PhD


Acute Chemical & Radiation Emergencies Assessment and Management

Stephen Borron, MD MS FAAEM; Jorge Isidoro, MPE; Ziad Kazzi, MD FAAEM FACMT



Box lunch included in registration fee


Mental Health Aspects of Chemical and Radiation Emergencies

Dr. Lisa McCormick, DrPH





Portuguese Radiological and Chemical Emergency Plan

  • Emergency Preparedness Response System in Portugal
  • Response Tools   
  • Emergencies in Portugal   

Dr. Nuno Mondril,  ANPC
ANPC - Autoridade Nacional De Proteção Civil (National Authority for Civil Protection)

Dr. Paulo Nunes, APA
APA - Agência Portuguesa do Ambiente (Portuguese Environment Agency)

Dr. Pedro Rosário, DGS
DGS - Direção-Geral da Saúde (Director General of Health)


Radiation Emergency Area Set Up and Demonstration of Patient Assessment

All Faculty and Badria Al Hatali, MD


Course Fee

Organizing Society Member (AAEM, GREAT, MAEM): $235 USD
Non Members: $275 USD
Box lunch included in registration fee

Special offer: Residents and students who register for this course will receive a refund of $200 USD when proof of status* is provided onsite. Refund will be processed post-congress. * A copy of your valid University identification card or a signed letter on department letterhead confirming your status.


Course Directors

Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Director, International Postdoctoral Medical Toxicology Fellowship, Emory University; Assistant Medical Director, Georgia Poison Center, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Jorge Isidoro, MPE
Centro Hospitalar e Universitário de Coimbra, Medical Physicist, Portugal


Course Faculty

Badria Al Hatali, MD
Medical Toxicologist, Oman

Stephen Borron, MD MS FAAEM
Professor of Emergency Medicine, Texas Tech University at El-Paso; Medical Director, West Texas Poison Center, El-Paso, Texas, USA

Jorge Isidoro, MPE
Centro Hospitalar e Universitário de Coimbra, Medical Physicist, Portugal

Lisa McCormick, DrPH
UAB School of Public Health

Bruno Mégarbane, MD PhD
Paris-Diderot University, Paris France

Brent Morgan, MD FACMT
Professor and Vice-Chair of Emergency Medicine, Director, Medical Toxicology Residency Program, Emory University; Associate Medical Director, Georgia Poison Center, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Pedro Rosário
Direção Geral de Saúde, Lisbon, Portugal


Learning Objectives

  1. List different types of chemical and radiation emergencies
  2. Discuss basic concepts in managing chemical and radiation injuries or incidents
  3. Differentiate chemical and radiation incident personal protective equipment (PPE)
  4. Describe components of radiation detection
  5. Discuss the assessment and management of common chemical and radiation toxidromes
  6. Describe the components of emergency response to a chemical or radiation emergency using the Portuguese scenario
  7. Demonstrate the preparation and reception of a patient injured in a chemical or radiation incident



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