Responding to nerve agent poisoning: a guide for emergency nurses. Part 2

Stephen Mcghee, Alan Finnegan, Neil Angus, John Michael Clochesy

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The release of chemical agents can cause loss of life and result in major incidents. Chemical agent-related major incidents require a modified response by emergency services due to the chemicals’ transmissibility, lethality, latency and persistence. In general, modifications to casualty flow, triage and treatment are made to reduce transmissibility, and lethality of chemical hazards. This article, the second of a two-part series on nerve agents, describes the adapted response and explains how emergency nurses must be familiar with principles of care including incident and casualty management.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
JournalEmergency Nurse
Issue number3
Early online date16 Apr 2019
Publication statusPublished - 7 May 2019


  • emergency care
  • emergency service
  • health promotion
  • pre-hospital care
  • public health
  • trauma


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