From May 5 to 10, 2019 staff members the Department of Comprehensive Ecosystem research, Institute of Radiation Safety and Ecology NNC RK – head of EBR (epidemiologic and biodosimetric research) team, Candidate of Medical Sciences L.B. Kenzhina and specialist A.O. Kenessarina participated in the regional scientific and practical workshop “Medical rreparedness and response to radiological emergencies” that was organized by the International Atomic Energy Committee based on the Radiation Monitoring Service, Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Insurance of the Republic of Cyprus in the city of Nicosia.
The workshop was attended by more than 30 participants from 19 countries (Albania, Azerbaidzhan, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Macedonia, Poland, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Ukraine, Cyprus). Efficient national and global mechanisms and response capabilities are necessary to minimize consequences of nuclear and radiological incidents and emergencies.
This training course helps the countries enhance their medical preparedness for responding to emergencies related to radiation effect. It is based on the publication entitled “General procedures of medical response in case of a nuclear or radiological emergency” (EPR-MEDICAL 2005) and other publications sponsored by IAEA and The World Health Organization.
A five-day program consisted of three modules that provide a guide on initiation of medical response at different levels (prehospitalized and hospitalized), early diagnosis, general treatment, psychological support, dosimetric and other elements associated with arrangement of medical response.
Among the subjects touched upon there were: organization of interdepartmental response, assessment of radiological situation; creation of the emergency zone; protection of responders; sorting and transfer of patients from the contaminated zone; diagnostic and radiological actions; biodosimetric sorting with a large number of injured persons, medical measures for preventing or mitigating consequences in the scene.