HAZMAT & CBRN Decontamination Process
First aid approach to decontamination.
Dry decontamination as the default response to chemical exposure.
Wet decontamination may still be required.
Based on evidence-based research from the ORCHIDS project.
Designed with the best interests of the patient – its quicker and reduces exposure.
Which Decon Option?
Chemicals – no signs of;
Chemicals – signs of;
If wet decon is required, still undertake dry decon (in best interest to the patient) unless a shower is ready for use.
Maintain a safe distance of approximate 2m and adopt the look but don’t touch principles.
If you need to come into contact with the patients don; Long sleeve gown, eye protection, FFP3 Mask and Gloves.
Non-contaminated patients and visitors will be moved from the area.
Security and Nurse in Charge will be notified and secure the area.
Casualties will disrobe whilst staff monitor from a distance. Do not allow items to be removed over the top of their head – cut off if necessary.
Casualties will step forward to dry decon – wiping down from top to bottom.
Casualties will re-robe.
Casualties will be reassessed and booked in as necessary.
The area will remain closed until relevant cleaning has been undertaken.