decontamination. This is true even if a liquid agent
is present. It is imperative to remember that in
a mass casualty situation triage is essential to pro-
vide the greatest good to the greatest number of
people. This means that some casualties will be
beyond the treatment capabilities of the location.
If these casualties can be stabilized without jeopar-
dizing the mission of the treatment facility, they
should be treated. Otherwise, treatment priority
is to those who can be returned to duty the
Medical personnel must take all reasonable
precautions to protect themselves while handling
contaminated casualties. This means wearing full
protective gear, including the mask and gloves.
Mass casualty decontamination and triage is
discussed in the chapter of the HM 1 & C Rate
Training Manual entitled Medical Aspects of
Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Defense.
1. NAVMED P-5059, NATO Handbook on the
o f N B C D e f e n s i v e
2. NAVMED P-5041, Treatment of Chemical
Agent Casualties and Conventional Military
Chemical Injuries, Changes 1 and 2.
3. NAVSEA S9086-QH-STM-000/CH-470,
Naval Ships Technical Manual, Chapter 470,
Shipboard BW/CW Defense and Counter-