NYC hospitals get radiation detection
| 01.02.2006 | 16:48:50 | Views: 3620 | ID:
January 2 '06: New York City officials announced recently that they will begin to equip the city's hospitals with radiation detection systems to help them prepare for surge capacity in the event of a dirty bomb attack, the Associated Press reported.
The city's health department issued a statement saying, "In the event of an incident in New York City involving radioactive contamination, hospitals will be on the front lines of receiving potentially contaminated persons with and without injuries."The radiation detection devices would be installed in private and public hospitals and staff would be trained "how to recognize and treat radiation injuries, and how to protect and decontaminate themselves while dealing with patients who may have been exposed." The money for the new detection devices comes from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases which doled out more than $47 million "for grants and contracts aimed at making it easier to diagnose and quickly treat dirty-bomb attack victims," the AP reported.
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