WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) this week conducted an advanced course in radiation medical (Advanced I-MED) training at the Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital in Taiwan.
“This advanced I-MED course provides participants with in-depth information on how to treat injured contaminated patients following a radiation incident,” said NNSA Associate Administrator for Emergency Operations Joseph Krol. “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 had 60 participants from hospitals mostly from southern Taiwan. The course was sponsored by the Taiwan Atomic Energy Council and Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital. Training was conducted by NNSA’s Office of Emergency Operation’s Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site (REAC/TS), and supported by personnel from the Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education (ORISE).
The course included extensive information on topics such as case studies, dosimetry, acute radiation syndrome, treatment for internal contamination, management of infectious diseases post exposure, and pathophysiology of radiation wounds.
One of NNSA’s primary missions is to ensure the safety, security and effectiveness of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without the use of underground nuclear testing. In addition, NNSA provides the United States government’s primary capability for radiological and nuclear emergency response and for providing security to the nation from the threat of nuclear terrorism. With this expertise, NNSA provides nuclear emergency response support to local law enforcement, the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and emergency responders in other countries.
NNSA currently collaborates with more than 80 foreign governments and 10 international organizations, with projects ranging from providing assistance in improving emergency preparedness and response programs, to joint collaborative activities to improve emergency management infrastructure worldwide.
Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; works to reduce global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad.