Exploring Medical and Public Health Preparedness for a Nuclear Incident: Proceedings of a Workshop


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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Disasters and Emergencies hosted a two-day public workshop on August 22-23, 2018 called Exploring Medical and Public Health Preparedness for a Nuclear Incident. Through the workshop, participants from government, NGO and private sector organizations explored current assumptions behind and the status of medical and public health preparedness for a nuclear incident, examined potential changes in assumptions and approach, and discussed challenges and opportunities for capacity building in the current threat environment. Particular topics of interest included the implications of potential communication, education, and information challenges posed by a nuclear incident, and opportunities to address them; workforce issues, including willingness and ability to respond; and health concerns, including assessment, short-term treatment, and long-term recovery and surveillance among survivors.