Prepare for the Unthinkable: Guides for Response to Nuclear Detonation and Chemical Hazards
March 21, 2018 | Strategic Insights for Health System
A pair of government guides can help facilities better prepare for disasters. The Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response's (ASPR) Decision Maker's Guide: Medical Planning and Response for a Nuclear Detonation provides tools to help focus on critical issues and improve emergency response in the event of a nuclear or radiological incident. Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster in 2011 made clear that integration of large amounts of complex information and translation of evidence-based guidelines into real-time decision making were impossible without direct input from leaders and subject matter experts. High-level decision makers needed better access to complex information about nuclear disasters. This guide provides essential background information that will help leaders understand why they would face the need to make certain critical decisions in these scenarios.