After the terrible tragedy that’s happened in Japan recently, understanding the importance of the effects of radiation exposure are particularly relevant. Of course, most of us aren’t dealing with it directly, but if you are going over there to help or if you’ve got patients who’ve been in the area, you need to know what to do. How much do you understand about what happened?
The New England Journal has a great review this issue on the short and long term effects of nuclear power plant accidents. The article describes the types and doses of radiation, as well as common adverse effects to look out for, including the management of acute radiation sickness.
Check out the article over here.