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Planning for chemical incidents by implementing a Delphi based consensus study
  1. I W F Crawford1,
  2. K Mackway-Jones1,
  3. D R Russell2,
  4. S D Carley1
  1. 1Department of Emergency Medicine, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester, UK
  2. 2The National Focus for Chemical Incidents, University of Wales Institute Cardiff (UWIC), Cardiff, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr I W F Crawford
 Department of Emergency Medicine, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9WL, UK;


This paper provides a practical approach to the difficulties surrounding planning for chemical incidents, based upon the results of a Delphi based consensus study. It is intended to offer advice, which can be implemented at regional and local prehospital and hospital level. The phases of the response that are covered include preparation, management of the incident, delivery of medical support during the incident, and recovery and support after the incident.

  • chemical incident
  • Delphi
  • emergency planning

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