Hazmat refers to exposure to hazardous materials causing local or systemic toxicity.
Acids cause coagulation necrosis with eschar, usually limiting penetration to deep...
Chemical burns; may appear deceptively mild initially
Visible liquid or powder on skin
Absorption through skin may cause systemic toxicity.
Mucous membranes (eyes, nasoph...
Recognize a HAZMAT situation:
Accident at industrial/agricultural site
Accident involving transport of hazardous materials
Suspected terrorist mass casualty incident
Airway compromise, respiratory difficulty (hypoxia)
Significant systemic symptoms
Admit patients with chemical burns to burn center.
Patients who ...
Decontaminate stable victims on site when possible.
Protect medical providers (pre-hospital and ED) with appropriate personal protective equipment.
Provide specific antidotes for exp...
Clarke SF, Chilcott RP, Wilson JC, et al. Decontamination of multiple casualties who are chemically contaminated: A challenge for acute hospitals. Prehosp Disast Med. 2008;...
V87.09 Contact with and (suspected) exposure to other hazardous metals
V87.2 Contact with and (suspected) exposure to other potentially hazardous chemicals
V87.39 Contact with and (suspected) ...
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