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Course DescriptionRadiation is around us, both natural and man-made. Although everyone is exposed to radiation every day, misunderstanding about radiation is common. The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant incident has sparked off fear of the harmful effects of radiation around the world.
There are three sections in this e-learning module on radiation emergencies:
- Section One is an introduction about the basics of radiation. For instance, the difference between ionizing and non-ionizing radiation and the different ways to measure radiation.
- Section Two is about the health effects of acute exposure to radiation. The mechanisms by which ionizing radiation damages our cells and the clinical manifestations of acute exposure are introduced.
- Section Three discusses the measures in response to a radiation emergency. The principles of emergency department preparedness, the use of personal protective equipment and the procedure of decontamination are presented.
Course Goals and ObjectivesUpon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Explain the causes and consequences of a radiation emergency
- Identify the health risks of a radiation emergency
- Demonstrate the procedures for preparedness and protection for a radiation emergency