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Recent Nerve Agent Poisoning in Salisbury, England Protection Lessons and Guidance for Responders and IHs (AIHce EXP 2019 OnDemand)

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Recorded at AIHce EXP 2019

After the incidents in the United Kingdom (U.K.) in 2018 involving a fourth generation agent, the White House National Security Council convened a federal interagency working group to identify and develop resources to help the emergency response community prepare for and respond to a fourth generation agent incident if one ever occurs in the U.S., as well as support the development of specific guidance and training to enhance overall preparedness efforts. These resources meet the needs of U.S. emergency response professionals who sought to learn more about the agent used in the U.K. and how to protect themselves and respond if such incidents ever occur in their communities. Fourth generation agents (FGA's), also known as Novichoks or A-series nerve agents, belong to a category of chemical warfare agents that are unique organophosphorus compounds. They are more persistent than other nerve agents and are at least as toxic as VX. While FGA's share similar characteristics with other nerve agents, FGA's also pose several unique challenges in terms of toxicity, detection, persistence, and potential for delayed onset of symptoms. This session will provide background on the incident itself and review detection and responder protection guidance that were developed to address these characteristics and challenges and provide tailored guidance to various segments of the emergency response community. Additionally, the Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM) web-based resource, where the guidance resides, will be demonstrated and discussed.

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John F. Koerner, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response