Removal from Exposure

Whether the patient is seen in the emergency department or the office, it is imperative that the patient be removed from exposure until the symptoms and causes of the illness can be diagnosed and decontamination assured. Removal from exposure may not equate with complete removal from work. It may be possible to return the employee to modified duty while the workup and treatment are in progress. In mass causality situations, evacuation to a safe location or sequestration in a secure building with the windows closed and the air conditioning off may be necessary to prevent further inhalation of the agents (4,12).

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