Recommendations for the Follow-Up Assessment of Contaminated Travelers by Radiation Control Health Physics Staff

  • Item type: Federal Guidance
  • Date Posted: 30 August 2012
  • Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

State radiation control program health physicists often perform the follow-up assessment of contaminated travelers in coordination with the local or state health department. The CDC has released these recommendations for conducting the follow-up assessments.

The follow-up assessment should consist of four main activities:

  1. Ensure the effectiveness of external decontamination
  2. Assist in completion and review the Epidemiologic Assessment form with the traveler and assess potential for internal contamination.
  3. Perform a thyroid count
  4. Evaluate the need for bioassay, and collect a urine sample if necessary
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