HHS provides nerve agent response for EMS and hospital-based personnel

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Department of Homeland Security’s Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office and Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Office of Emergency Medical Services have issued updated information on standard protocols for recognizing, treating and protecting oneself from nerve agent exposures in response to recent events in the United Kingdom. The document also compares and contrasts the clinical effects of nerve agents and opioids as an aid to distinguishing nerve agent exposure from the prevalent opioid overdose cases.

Members are encouraged to download the document and share with clinical leadership, emergency department directors and emergency management staff.