“Nuke crisis medical response team learns hard lesson” via the Japan Times Online

In the ongoing nuclear crisis, Japan’s emergency medical response team for atomic accidents learned the hard way that its state of readiness and contingency plans were not fully adequate when it came to handling its first emergency since the team was established in December 2009.

The Radiation Emergency Medical Assistance Team was set up by the National Institute of Radiological Sciences in the city of Chiba, which is given the central role of handling patients exposed to radiation. The team assembles experts to work at the site of a nuclear accident.

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