CHA News Article

HHS Issues Protocols for Emergency Response to Nerve Agent Exposure

Responding to requests from the emergency response community for advice on how to prepare for a chemical nerve agent attack, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, in conjunction with other federal agencies, has issued guidance titled “Nerve Agent Information for Emergency Medical Services and Hospitals.”

The document explains the difference between “high volatility” and “low volatility” chemicals that could be used as toxic warfare agents. It also includes information on the signs and symptoms of exposure, detection, personal protective equipment, patient decontamination, treatment, pediatric considerations and additional resources.