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D02-1:Radiation Emergencies

Effective Date 
30 Nov 2015

Level 
Introductory
Length 
3 Lectures
Effort 
1-2 hours of self-study per lecture
Subject 
Public Health
Institution 
Language 
English
Video Transcipts 
English/Chinese
HKU

Dr. L.P. Leung

Clinical Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine Unit, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong

Dr. K.L. Fan

Clinical Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine Unit, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong

Dr. P.K. Lam

Clinical Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine Unit, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong

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D02-1:Radiation Emergencies

About this course

Radiation is all around us, both natural and man-made. Although everyone is exposed to radiation every day, misunderstanding about radiation is common. This course will provide learners with an overview of issues in relation to radiation emergencies. In particular, it introduces the basics of radiation, health effects of acute exposure to radiation and measures in response to a radiation emergency.

What you will learn
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. For instance, 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. For instance, the principles of emergency department preparedness, the use of personal protective equipment and the procedures to decontamination are presented.
 
Target Audience
Although this module is primarily for first responders to prepare for radiation emergencies, it is also suitable for the general public who are interested in knowing more about this topic. Healthcare professionals may also find this module useful in case they want to refresh their knowledge on radiation.
Objectives

Upon 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

 

List of Lectures
Section 1: Basics of Radiation
  • The Radiation Basics
  • Exposure to Radiation
  • Ionizing Radiation (Optional)
  • Detection and Measurement of Radiation: Introduction
  • Radiation Dose Measurements
  • Survey Meters and Dosimetry (Optional)
  • Atomic Bombings
  • Nuclear Plant Accidents
  • Other Radiation Accidents
Section 2: Health Risks of Radiation Exposure
  • Radiation Injuries
  • Clinical Effects of Acute Exposure to Radiation (I)
  • Clinical Effects of Acute Exposure to Radiation (II)
  • Clinical Effects of Acute Exposure to Radiation (III)
Lesson 3: Preparedness and Protection
  • Emergency Department Preparedness for Radiation Disasters
  • Personal Protective Equipment: Donning
  • Personal Protective Equipment: Removing
  • Decontamination: Surveying
  • Decontamination: Open Wound
  • Decontamination: Face
  • Decontamination: Intact Skin and Final Surveying
 
Assessment

The following table explains the breakdown for what is required in order to pass the class.

Assessment Scheme

Description

Passing Grade

Quiz 1

Quiz 2

Quiz 3

MCQs administered after Section 1

MCQs administered after Section 2

MCQs administered after Section 3

70% or more

70% or more

70% or more

Students achieving 70% total percentage will be issued a certificate of completion.

CME/CPD/Training Points(TP) Accreditations
College  CME / CPD / TP Points*  Category
Hong Kong College of Anaesthesiologists (AN) 3 Non-Ana Passive
Hong Kong College of Community Medicine (CM) 3 AP/SS
College of Dental Surgeons of Hong Kong (DS) 3 Self-study
Hong Kong College of Emergency Medicine (EM) Fellow - CME 3 SS
Trainee - TP** 3 Cat. B
Hong Kong College of Family Physicians (FP) 3 Cat. 5.2
Hong Kong College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (OG) Pending  
College of Ophthalmologists of Hong Kong (OP) 3 Passive
Hong Kong College of Orthopaedic Surgeons (OS) 3 Cat. C
Hong Kong College of Otorhinolaryngologists (OT) 1.5 Cat. 2.2
Hong Kong College of Paediatricians (PD) 3 Cat. E
Hong Kong College of Pathologists (PA) 1.5 PP
Hong Kong College of Physicians (PH) 1  
The Hong Kong College of Psychiatrists (PS) 3 SSOL
Hong Kong College of Radiologists (RA) 3 Cat. A
The College of Surgeons of Hong Kong (SU) 3 Self-study
MCHK CME Programme 3 Self-study

Note:
*The CME/CPD/TP accreditations from the above colleges are valid from 1 Jan to 31 Dec 2017.​
**Please be reminded that Trainees of Hong Kong College of Emergency Medicine have to report their training points to the College by themselves after completed the e-learning course.