May 12, 2016

Decontamination Guidance for Chemical Incidents

A recently released HHS ASPR-sponsored study found that ninety-nine percent of chemical contamination can be removed by carefully removing clothes and wiping skin with a paper towel or dry wipe. The Primary Response Incident Scene Management (PRISM) guidance was written to provide authoritative, evidence-based guidance on mass casualty disrobe and decontamination during a chemical incident. It is comprised of three volumes: strategic guidance, tactical guidance, and operational guidance.


ASPR's Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE) has a number of additional resources specific to decontamination, including the Hospital Victim Decontamination and Pre-Hospital Victim Decontamination Topic Collections.