The National Library of Medicine’s newly released resource, Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM), helps first responders, healthcare providers, and planners plan for, respond to, and mitigate the effects of mass-casualty incidents involving accidental or terrorist chemical releases.
The Web-based CHEMM is downloadable in advance – so it’s available during an event if the Internet is not accessible. It provides evidence-based information on quick chemical identification, acute patient care guidelines, initial event activities, and other topics.
CHEMM builds on the suite of Emergency Medical Management tools that began with the Web-based Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM), which provides information about the clinical diagnosis and treatment of radiation and other injuries following radiological and nuclear emergencies.
Both CHEMM and REMM are a collaboration of the US Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) – Office of Preparedness and Emergency Operations (OPEO), and the National Library of Medicine – Division of Specialized Information Services, as well as experts in medicine, emergency response, toxicology, and industrial hygiene.