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I-MED instructors demonstrate best practices on effective medical response to radiological incidents
I-MED instructors demonstrate best practices on effective medical response to radiological incidents.

NNSA’s Office of Counterterrorism and Counterproliferation (CTCP) conducted an International Medical Management of Radiological Injuries Course (I-MED) for NATO partners in Rome Feb. 24-28. 

Hosted at the Italian Medical and Veterinary School, the course presented best practices on effective medical response to radiological incidents through lectures, practical activities, and exercises for physicians, nurses, first responders, radiation protection specialists, and emergency medical managers. 

The course featured 25 participants from four different NATO nations.
The NNSA course featured 25 participants from four different NATO nations.

“This course and NATO engagement helps strengthen international capacity for radiological and nuclear response and supports our international NATO partners,” said Ann Heinrich, Director of the Office of Nuclear Incident Policy and Cooperation. “We will continue to offer courses in partnership with NATO and throughout the world to ensure first responders are prepared for radiological incidents.”

The course featured 25 participants from four different NATO nations, including Italy, Estonia, Romania, and the United States. Participants included the Commander of the Italian Medical and Veterinary School, eight medical doctors, and seven nurses. A representative from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) also observed the course to prepare for a bilateral I-MED course that CTCP, in partnership with DTRA, will hold in Panama in August.

The mission of the CTCP is to counter and respond to nuclear and radiological threats through innovative science, technology, and policy-driven solutions.To effectively prepare for these threats, the CTCP considers a range of potential scenarios in its training courses. Read more about CTCP.