New HHS-Sponsored Research Provides New Tool and Updated Guidance on Mass Chemical Decontamination

This second edition of the guidance, called Primary Response Incident Scene Management (PRISM), incorporates new scientific evidence exit disclaimer icon on emergency self-decontamination, hair decontamination, the interactions of chemicals with hair, and the effects of a combined decontamination strategy referred to as the “triple protocol.”

Primary Response Incident Scene Management (PRISM): Volume 3: Operational Guidance for Mass Casualty Disrobe and Decontamination

The salient features of mass patient disrobe and decontamination are presented in Volume 3, which aims to provide all Federal, State, Tribal and local first responders with a simple, readily accessible guide to critical aspects of the incident response processes.

Primary Response Incident Scene Management (PRISM): Volume 2: Tactical Guidance for Mass Casualty Disrobe and Decontamination

This document provides an overview of the processes involved in mass patient disrobe and decontamination and the rationale that underpins each process. The document does not include supporting technical information or potential challenges. Volume 2 has particular application in the training and exercising of first responders and officials involved with domestic preparedness and emergency management.

Primary Response Incident Scene Management (PRISM): Volume 1: Strategic Guidance for Mass Casualty Disrobe and Decontamination

Presents a review of best practices, collates available evidence and identifies areas that require further investigation. The document is relevant to senior incident responders (e.g., Incident Commanders) and those responsible for emergency planning and civil contingencies, as it describes the supporting technical information that underpins the rationale for each stage of disrobe and decontamination and highlights potential issues or challenges.

GAO-18-562: Chemical Terrorism: A Strategy and Implementation Plan Would Help DHS Better Manage Fragmented Chemical Defense Programs and Activities

This report offers an assessment of the US Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) programs and activities designed to prevent and protect against domestic attacks using chemical agents.

Medical Management Guidelines (MMGs)

The MMGs are intended to aid healthcare professionals involved in emergency response to effectively decontaminate patients, protect themselves and others from contamination, communicate with other involved personnel, efficiently transport patients to a medical facility, and provide competent medical evaluation and treatment to exposed persons.