National Nuclear Security Administration conducts training course in Taiwan

The National Nuclear Security Administration conducted an advanced medical radiation course this week at the Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital to teach first responders how to handle radiological incidents.

"This advanced I-MED course provides participants with in-depth information on how to treat injured contaminated patients following a radiation incident," NNSA Associate Administrator for Emergency Operations Joseph Krol said. "As radiation-based technology finds its way into ever-increasing areas of use, NNSA is fortunate to be able to provide training to the international community and to help ensure that the medical community is able to appropriately respond to accidents involving ionizing radiation."

The course trained 60 first responders from hospitals around Taiwan on the various consequences of radiological exposure. The course taught on case studies, acute radiation syndrome, dosimetry, how to treat internal and topical contamination, how to treat infectious diseases post exposure and pathophysiology of radiation wounds.

The training was sponsored by the Taiwan Atomic Energy Council and the Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital. The NNSA's Office of Emergency Operation's Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site and Institute of Science and Education conducted the training.

The NNSA assists in training on how to respond to nuclear and radiological emergencies in more than 80 countries and 10 international organizations. The type of training it offers includes improving emergency response and preparedness programs on different levels and improving infrastructures to aid in global emergency response.