Nerve Agent Information for EMS, Hospitals Now Available
Following the recent nerve agents poisonings in the United Kingdom, the emergency response community has requested information and advice to enhance preparedness. “Nerve Agent Information for Emergency Medical Services and Hospitals” serves as a refresher on standard protocols for recognizing, treating, and protecting oneself from nerve agent exposures.
The document also compares and contrasts the clinical effects of nerve agents and opioids as an aid to distinguishing nerve agent exposures from the prevalent opioid overdose cases. Comprehensive follow-up guidance incorporating lessons learned from the United Kingdom incidents will be forthcoming.