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Mass casualty decontamination in a chemical or radiological/nuclear incident: Further guiding principles

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Holly Carter, Richard Amlôt, Richard Williams, G. James Rubin, John Drury

Original languageEnglish
JournalPLOS Currents
Volume8
Issue numberDisasters
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sep 2016

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Abstract

This short report presents a response to an article written by Cibulsky et al. (2016). The paper by Cibulsky et al. presents a useful and timely overview of the evidence surrounding the technical and operational aspects of mass casualty decontamination. It identifies three priority targets for future research, the third of which is how casualties’ needs can be met in ways that best support compliance with and effectiveness of casualty decontamination. While further investigation into behavioural, communication and privacy issues during mass decontamination is warranted, there is now a substantial body of research in this area which is not considered in detail in the succinct summary provided by Cibulsky et al. (2016). In this short report, we summarise the available evidence around likely public behaviour during mass decontamination, effective communication strategies, and potential issues resulting from a lack of privacy. Our intention is to help further focus the research needs in this area and highlight topics on which more research is needed.

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