The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in conjunction with the National Library of Medicine, are offering an excellent new resource for dealing with Chemical Hazards Emergencies. This new website is called CHEMM (Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management).
CHEMM’s stated goal is to “enable first responders, first receivers, other healthcare providers, and planners to plan for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of mass-casualty incidents involving chemicals.”
In pursuit of this goal, some of CHEMM’s features include:
- Quick Chemical Identification
- Acute Patient Care Guidelines for various chemical exposures, such as hydrogen cyanide and nerve agents
- Strategies for developing a Community Chemical Response Plan, including federal response planning documents
- Types of emergencies, distinguishing between a public, terrorist, industrial, and transportation incident.
CHEMM’s resources are downloadable in advance, in case the internet is not accessible during an incident.
After visiting the website be sure to join the CHEMM Listserv to stay abreast of any updates and news.