By Department of Defense

This public-domain division of safeguard box guide, referred to as a battlebook, is designed "to tackle operational wellbeing and fitness matters in environments the place Nuclear, organic, and Chemical (NBC) threats exist. strength NBC threats variety from guns of mass destruction to illness of the battlefield by means of unsafe fabric. clinical team of workers, along side chemical group of workers, needs to be capable of recommend commanders on a variety of matters together with the health and wellbeing results of NBC threats, protecting garments and measures, and administration of NBC casualties. it really is meant to supply a short reference for choice making… for squaddies within the box or education for the field." This thorough textual content, illustrated with many tables and drawings, covers normal Operational features, Nuclear guns, Radiological dangers, organic, and Chemical. each bankruptcy provides fantastic info and particular info.

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2. General. The principal physical effects of nuclear weapons are blast, thermal radiation (heat), and nuclear radiation. These effects are dependent upon the yield (or size) of the weapon expressed in kilotons (KT), physical design of the weapon (such as conventional and enhanced), and upon the method of employment. Table 2-L: Percent of Energy 50 35 4 Distribution of Energy from Nuclear Detonation Physical Appearance Blast Thermal radiation Initial ionizing radiation (neutrons and gamma rays emitted within the first minute) 10 Residual nuclear radiation (fallout) 1 Electromagnetic pulse (EMP) NOTE: For a low altitude detonation of a moderate-sized (3 to 10 KT) weapon Reference: Figure 2-1 from FM 8-10-7.

While the problems to be confronted by medical units on the nuclear battlefield will be similar in some respects to those associated with conventional warfare, there are some dramatic differences. These include the vastly increased numbers of casualties to be handled, the need to operate in 2-8 MEDICAL NBC BATTLEBOOK fallout, and the requirements to treat and decontaminate contaminated patients. These and other problems related to unit planning and operations are described in this section. B. Unit Mobility.

There are two types of blast forces that occur in a nuclear detonation blast wave: direct blast wave overpressure forces and indirect blast wind drag forces. The most important blast effects, insofar as production of casualties will be those due to the blast wind drag forces. 5 atmospheres. However, other effects (such as indirect blast injuries and thermal injuries) are so predominate that patients with only direct blast injuries make up a small part of the patient workload. A. Direct Blast Injury.

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