The importance of decontaminating a potentially contaminated patient for protecting that patient’s health, the health of the responders and receivers treating that patient, the health of other community members, and the integrity of the emergency response and health care systems are explicit.
Since numerous actions, such as distancing oneself from the site of a chemical release, wiping visible contamination from skin and clothing, and removing clothing, can reduce or remove contamination from a patient, they are considered patient decontamination.
Complete removal of chemical contamination could be considered one end point, one that requires considerable effort, time, and resources. However, would complete removal of contamination be worth the effort if performing such complete patient decontamination, compared to a less than absolute but adequate decontamination, led to no difference in the short-term or long-term health outcome for the patients, did not prevent any secondary contamination of responders and their equipment or receivers and their facilities, or contribute to the safety and resiliency of the community?
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